September 21, 2020

Trump, Pompeo brush off N. Korean policy shift while citing Singapore agreement

U.S. President and top diplomat show no signs of ceding ground to Pyongyang in quick-take New Year’s Eve reactions

Responding to North Korea’s announcement of a shift to a more aggressive policy towards Washington, U.S. President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on New Year’s Eve offered media brief reactions largely dismissing the shift as a concern.

DPRK leader Kim Jong Un announced in a plenum speech released Wednesday morning that the country intends to step up military pressure on Washington through “developing strategic weapons,” putting “on constant alert [our] powerful nuclear deterrent,” and making a “shift to a shocking actual action to make [the U.S.] pay for the pains sustained by our people.”