Remarks by Secretary Pompeo and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi Before their Meeting

June 14, 2018


SECRETARY POMPEO:  Thank you.  Thank you for being such a gracious host.  It is wonderful to see you again after your visit to Washington where we had a chance to spend some time together.  I’m thrilled to be here for my first time as Secretary of State.  I was here as a business person many, many years ago in country.  I came to appreciate the talent and capabilities and wonderful nature of the people of your country.  So it’s great to be here now in an official capacity.

And now two days removed from the Singapore summit, I’m happy to share with you some of the insights that we think we gleaned, but I wanted to thank you for the kind words you had for President Trump and the work that he did to put us in this place where we now believe we have a path forward which can truly, for the first time in so many years, create peace on the peninsula.

And there’s still a lot of work to do.  There are still risks that we won’t achieve that, but I truly do believe that the world set the conditions properly and that President Trump and Chairman Kim had a wonderful meeting where they committed to working diligently towards achieving those ends that I think the world so desires.

So we appreciate all the things you did to help put us in the place where that summit could happen, and we thank you for that.  There’s still more work to be done by China and by the United States to get to the ultimate outcome.

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