Mike Pompeo Says U.S. 'Has Its Eyes Wide Open' On North Korea

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday the Trump administration "has its eyes wide open" when it comes to North Korea, and is looking for "actions and deeds" from leader Kim Jong Un.

Speaking in an interview with ABC's This Week following a historic week that saw Kim crossing into the demilitarized zone with South Korea and meeting with the country's president, Moon Jae-In, Pompeo said he met Kim with a mission statement from President Donald Trump.

"This administration has its eyes wide open. We know the history. We know the risks. We're going to be very different. We're going to negotiate in a different way than has been done before," Pompeo said.

"We're going to require those steps—we use the word irreversible with great intention. We're going to require those steps that demonstrate that denuclearization is going to be achieved. We're not going to make promises. We're not going to take words. We're going to look for actions and deeds," he added.

President Trump himself is expected to see Kim in the coming weeks, commenting on Saturday that he was hoping to meet the North Korean leader shortly—in what would be a first for a sitting U.S. president.

But prior to his own meeting with Kim, Trump sent his own "mission statement" with Pompeo, who said he made his mission understood when he spoke with Kim over the Easter weekend.

"We had a good conversation. We talked about serious matters. He was very well prepared. I hope I matched that. We had an extensive conversation on the hardest issues that face our two countries," Pompeo, who met with Kim prior to his confirmation as secretary of state, continued.

"I had a clear mission statement from President Trump. When I left there, Kim Jong un understood the mission exactly as I've described it today. And he agreed that he was prepared to talk about that and to lay out a map that will help us achieve that objective. Only time could tell if we can get that done," he added.