Pompeo Sworn In, Says US Faces ‘Unprecedented Opportunity’ On Korea

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for the director of the CIA, Rep.ÊMike Pompeo(R-KS) testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on January 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mr. Pompeo is a former Army officer who graduated first in his class from West Point.
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. faces an “unprecedented opportunity” on the Korean peninsula as President Donald Trump prepares to meet with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.

Speaking beside Trump at his ceremonial swearing-in Wednesday, Pompeo says the administration is in the “beginning stages of the work and the outcome is certainly yet unknown.” Trump is promising to soon reveal the timing and location for the meeting with Kim.

Trump praised Pompeo at the ceremony Wednesday as he made his inaugural visit to the State Department. Noting the applause, Trump said it was “more spirit than I’ve heard from the State Department in a long time.”

Trump has been a frequent critic of the department and its work, but Pompeo maintains close ties to the president.

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