Pompeo confirms that negotiations with the Taliban are “dead” and warns of a counteroffensive

WASHINGTON, Sep. 8 (Reuters / EP) –

The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has ratified this Sunday that the talks with the Taliban are “dead” and has warned that they will maintain pressure on the Afghan insurgents and will continue to support the Army until the Taliban commit to peace.

Pompeo has explained in statements in the Fox News chain that they have ordered to return to the special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Jalilzad, and when asked if the talks are “dead”, Pompeo has replied that “for the moment they are”.

Pompeo confirms that negotiations with the Taliban are “dead” and warns of a counteroffensive
Pompeo confirms that negotiations with the Taliban are “dead” and warns of a counteroffensive

The head of the US Diplomacy has stressed that they will not give up supporting the Afghan Army until the Taliban take the necessary steps to prove that they are seriously committed to peace.

“If the Taliban do not behave, if they do not fulfill the commitments they have promised us for weeks and even months, the president will not reduce the pressure. We will not reduce our support for the Afghan security forces that have so hard fought there in Afghanistan, “he argued later on CNN.

On the other hand, he explained that the United States hopes to resume denuclearization negotiations with North Korea “in a matter of days or weeks.” “We know that President Kim Jong Un is still willing to denuclearization. We hope that in the next few days or maybe weeks we will return to the negotiating table with them. That is the best thing that could happen,” Pompeo said on ABC.

Thus, he has downplayed the latest North Korean tests with short-range missiles, although he has described them as “disappointing.” In that regard, he stressed that Kim has not breached what he has promised President Donald Trump and that Washington's goal remains a North Korea without nuclear weapons with a verifiable commitment.

“I think that President Turmp would be very disappointed if President Kim did not return to the negotiating table or conduct missile tests not allowed in the agreements reached in the three meetings they have had,” he added.

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