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Pompeo: nothing has changed on U.S. diplomatic efforts with North Korea

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday he is "still in charge of the team" negotiating with North Korea over its nuclear program, after Pyongyang demanded he be removed from the talks. "Nothing has changed," Pompeo told a news conference after a meeting with Japan's foreign and defense ministers. "We continue to work."

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said U.S. diplomatic efforts will continue toward the goal of denuclearization of North Korea, a day after a North Korean official said it no longer wanted to deal with him in talks.

"Nothing has changed. We'll continue to work to negotiate, still in charge of the team. President Trump's obviously in charge of the overall effort but it'll be my team," Pompeo told reporters in Washington. He said U.S. diplomats will continue efforts to achieve North Korea's denuclearization, which he said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un committed to last June.

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Pompeo vowed Friday the United States would keep taking "tough action" on Russia after special counsel Robert Mueller revealed widespread attempts to help elect President Donald Trump.

"We will take tough actions which raise the cost for Russian malign activities. And we will continue to do that," Pompeo told a news conference after talks with the Japanese foreign and defense ministers.

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