Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called questions about President Trump’s agreement with North Korea “ludicrous” during a Wednesday press conference, admonishing reporters to “not play games” with “serious matters.”
Asked about the omission of the words “verifiable and irreversible” from the agreement — words which were instead replaced by “complete denuclearization” — Pompeo told reporters, according to Politico: “It’s in the statement. You’re just wrong about that.”
Before the Singapore summit, Pompeo had called for the “complete and verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” as the “only outcome” the U.S. would accept. (RELATED: Pelosi: ‘It Pays To Have A Nuclear Bomb In Your Pocket’ When Negotiating With Trump)
The secretary of state insisted that the word “complete” indeed “encompasses ‘verifiable and irreversible.’ I suppose we – you could argue semantics, but let me assure you that it’s in the document.”
“I find that question insulting and ridiculous and, frankly, ludicrous,” Pompeo said when pressed further about the agreement’s language. “I just have to be honest with you. It’s a game and one ought not play games with serious matters like this.”
“Don’t say silly things … It’s not productive,” Pompeo shot back when asked how the agreement would be verified.