Friday, 17 January, 2020

Iran urges North Korea not to trust Trump

Iran is urging North Korea to be cautious ahead of its summit with President Trump, citing the president’s withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear pact.

Bahram Ghasemi, a spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry, said Pyongyang should enter the gathering with “awareness,” according to The Associated Press.

Ghasemi reportedly said the United States has a reputation for “quitting treaties and violating their commitments.”

The remarks come as Trump prepares to gather with Kim on Tuesday for a historic summit in Singapore that will mark the first meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.

Trump in May announced that the United States would withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement, which the president railed against during his campaign.

The deal, reached in 2015 between Iran, the U.S. and international powers, provided Tehran with some sanctions relief in exchange for curbs to its nuclear program.

“Today’s action sends a critical message: the United States no longer makes empty threats,” Trump said when withdrawing from the deal in May.

The Tuesday meeting between Trump and Kim is slated to focus on Pyongyang’s nuclear program.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday told reporters in Singapore that the U.S. would only accept “complete and verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

“So these discussions that’ll take place tomorrow between chairman Kim and President Trump will set the framework for the hard work that will follow,” Pompeo said.

“And we’ll see how far we get, but I’m very optimistic that we will have a successful outcome from tomorrow’s meeting between these two leaders.”

The Hill

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