Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – Press Briefing from Singapore…

Singapore is approximately 12 hours ahead of the U.S. eastern time zone.  The scheduled meeting between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un will take place around 9:00pm (Monday EDT), which will be 9:00am (Tue) in Singapore.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered remarks and took questions earlier today:

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    • Mr. Anth Ropy says:

      Check out the lying dying New York Times (June 9, 2018):

      “In the Trump Administration, Science Is Unwelcome. So Is Advice.
      As the president prepares for nuclear talks, he lacks a close adviser with nuclear expertise. It’s one example of a marginalization of science in shaping federal policy.”

      Check out Pompeo’s response (June 11, 2018):
      https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/press-briefing-secretary-state-mike-pompeo-061118/
      “Before discussing the summit, I want to address a report in The New York Times that suggested that the U.S. team lacks the technical expertise on dismantling North Korea’s weapons program as part of these talks. I want to address that report directly.
      For over three months, an interagency working group of over 100 experts across government has met multiple times per week to address technical and logistical issues associated with dismantling North Korea’s weapons programs. They include experts from the military charged with dismantling nuclear weapons; the Department of Energy, including PhDs and experts from DOE labs; and officials from the intelligence community covering North Korea. Those same experts also cover North Korea’s nuclear, chemical, biological, and missile programs.
      These experts include dozens of PhDs who have expertise in nuclear weapons, the fuel cycle, missiles, chemical and biological weapons. They have advanced degrees in nuclear engineering, physics, chemistry, aerospace, biology, and other relevant fields.
      On the ground in Singapore, we have a team that includes the President’s senior most expert in weapons of mass destruction who can cover any technical needs that the meetings may present.
      Any suggestion that the United States somehow lacks the technical expertise across government or lacks it on the ground here in Singapore is mistaken.”

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  1. sundance says:

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      • Shirley Goodwin says:

        Nice thought, but only 1/3 of them are up for reelection at a time. Even if we succeeded in voting all of the incumbents running out, it would still take 3 election cycles. And whether we like it or not, chances are very, very high that only a small number will be voted out. We have to understand and be ready for a long term process of getting rid of the Democrats and GOPe in both houses of congress. This is at least a multi-decades process, and more likely a multi-generational process that only a few of us, if any, could live long enough to see it all happen.

        Being realistic gives us a much greater chance at success. Believing in something that can’t happen without a very long term effort will only result in disappointment and people giving up. We need to be educating our children and grandchildren to get involved when they grow up and take on the task of continuing our work so that someday maybe Americans can be free of this mess.

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  2. Sandra-VA says:

    How disgraceful that the SoS, on a very important and serious mission, has to respond to the childish assertions of the NYTimes. However, I loved it 😀 Totally slapped them.

    Liked by 43 people

    • andyocoregon says:

      The NY Times rivals CNN for leader of Fake News. Both are so biased against President Trump and all Republicans they are blind to the historic accomplishments being done that will benefit the U.S. and eventually the entire world.

      Liked by 17 people

      • Bert Darrell says:

        It’s not just the fake news propagated by a rabid and unhinged MSM (of which CNN and the NYT are some most shameful examples); it’s also their outright lying, inventing factoids, and predicting ignorant outcomes with the intent to undermine a noble cause that is most despicable.

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    • Tonawanda says:

      According to Pompeo, the Failing NYT was “mistaken.”

      What a polite man,

      Liked by 23 people

  3. solomonpal says:

    Did Obama ever have 5000 media for an event? Hillary? Hey Dezero…what have you got to say now?

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  4. ZurichMike says:

    I loved how Pompeo didn’t mince words, but first came out swinging at the media whores and leftists, just like Trump did against that backstabbing fop, Justin “Power Brows” Trudeau.

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  5. andyocoregon says:

    It’s interesting to see all the MSM reporters doing live reports from Singapore all night long, their time. Kind of makes one wonder when they sleep. And I can only imagine the jet lag they must be suffering.

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  6. The Boss says:

    Go to 13:23 and watch how the “European and G7 allies” the questioner refers to in his snarky question are converted into “European and G7 partners” by Sec. Pompeo. That is a big distinction in diplomat-speak. The EU, UK, Canada, France and Germany were just downgraded. And don’t think those countries’ NeverTrump/Resist pipsqueaks didn’t notice. Further, the question gave Sec. Pompeo the opening he needed to deliver that message to the world. That was why he was glad to address the issue even though he was there to speak about the North Korean summit.

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  7. phoenixRising says:

    The world’s newspapers will treat him royally tonight…
    not so much domestic rags…
    says a lot doesn’t it?

    Liked by 6 people

    • piper567 says:

      phoenix, our press is worse than simply being provincial…they live in a very small echo chamber.
      Many cultures in the world, some of which I am familiar, still value and respect the Alpha Male. And because they do value Alpha Males, they recognize them in a crowd.
      Even Kim saw this in Pompeo, for after Kim first met him, Kim said he liked Pompeo bc he was not the kind of weakness the USA had previously sent to meet with him.
      I thought this was a good sign for future meetings with Pompeo and then Trump. It really impressed me, and notched up Kim in my mind, as he had been on a pretty low rung, prior to stating that insight.
      Likewise when Trump went to KSA and they treated him as a King. China went all out for Trump. Its a recognition world-wide which gives us pride. Trump is a True Statesman.

      I agree with other Treepers who over the months have said these pygmies who denigrate our great President, and are unable to be objective due to their slavery to ideology: they are missing out on Historical Presidential Actions on many fronts.
      I wish I could be sympathetic towards them, but I cannot. We all choose whom we serve.

      Meanwhile, we can be joyful and thankful to God for allowing this great man to become our Leader in a dark and perverse world.
      May God richly bless Trump, and may God bless America.

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  8. fleporeblog says:

    People are going to be in for such a shock when the Summit is concluded and the outcome is shared with the entire world!

    I agree with Thomas Wictor that PDJT & Kim Jong-un really know each other and have been communicating on a private line for months.

    Everything we have seen up to this point has been incredible theater! North Korea 🇰🇵 cannot wait to become a player on the world scene. They cannot wait to have countries like South Korea 🇰🇷, Japan 🇯🇵 and others invest in their country.

    The ZTE deal that occurred a few days ago was huge for Chairman Xi and for China 🇨🇳. Our President could have easily destroyed ZTE and the Chinese market. He gave them a second chance with very tight restrictions.

    I think that they will formally agree to end the Korean War understanding that we need to have it ratified by Congress. They will agree to meet again in August at the White House to discuss other agreements that were reached. We will agree to opening an Embassy in Pyongyang and having North Korea 🇰🇵 open an Embassy in the USA 🇺🇸.

    North Korea 🇰🇵 will agree to having inspectors present as they begin to dramatically reduce their nuclear and ballistic missiles.

    Even more evidence to what Thomas Wictor and I have to say about the outcome from the Summit below:

    By the end of the calendar year, it will all be done!

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  9. rd says:

    I am Hopefully Pessimistic.

    I am hopeful because this is a team that is NOT being led by the usual US State Department. It is being led by President Donald Trump’s team.

    I am pessimistic, because of all the previous failures we endured, going all the way back to Yalta in WWII.

    We should know much more the next week. I am hopeful.

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  10. rmramerica says:

    This is beginning to sound as though everything has been worked out. It’s just a matter of announcing it before they leave, structure the details so NOKO saves face, and schedule the next meeting to review implementation status. Start composing the Nobel speech….love to see how CNN et. al. covers that.

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    • There are those of us who believe the meeting took place when China’s President Chi took The President and our First Lady to the Forbidden City during the Asian tour in November 2017.
      Enjoy the show 🙂

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      • Marica says:

        yes Georgia Grace!! It’s just been working out the details ever since…On time and under Budget!!!
        That great big hand-delivered package from NK was the big beautiful details!!

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      • Ditch Mitch says:

        It is easy for PDJT to “work things out”. Just do the right thing.

        Truth Justice and The American Way!

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      • rmramerica says:

        I’ve always felt this deal was done in January at Mara Lago when chi visited. Trump directly told him that the US would have to take action against both NOKO and economically against China as its sponsor. My suspicion is Trump asked chi to save NOKO, Asia and the world from a terrible tragedy. He agreed. The art of schmoozing the right person.

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    • sturmudgeon says:

      Why the h888! would a person of PDJT’s stature, even consider a useless Nobel?

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    • giveadamn says:

      what does china get in return, that’s consequential enough, for relinquishing a vassal state? this is opposite their history of trying to reclaim “lost” imperial territory. sorry, unless this deal is “air tight”, i don’t trust the chinese or the north koreans long-term. another way to dupe westerners to their economic and military benefit–modeled right out of china’s (deng’s) play book. reference hong kong turnover deal with margaret thatcher…

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  11. tageweb says:

    Wow! I Love Pompeo! I see a future President. (After PT of course!)

    Liked by 11 people

  12. bosscook says:

    I’m going out on an optimistic limb here, but I think another side benefit of the ALREADY completed agreement is that Trump got some dirt via NK that involves the previous clown show of an administration.

    Liked by 7 people

  13. USA loves Melania says:

    Impressive guy, Secretary Pompeo. I liked when he told one of the news schlubs:

    “You shouldn’t assume from the fact that I don’t give any detail here today that some question you posit has any merit.”

    Just the way he said it, I got a kick out of that.

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  14. Brant says:

    I wonder if part of the planning for the North Korea summit was to be right near (and preferably after) the know G7 summit. It was practically a given how the G7 meeting would turn out. If the North Korea summit is a success of any kind (and since probably much has already been going on it will be) the optics between the two will be stark and obvious to even the most obvious numb skulls……and priceless.

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    • Publius2016 says:

      G7 was planned for 2018 disruptions…problem is G7 countries don’t agree either…Italy would love to leave EU if at all possible!

      Liked by 3 people

    • Ditch Mitch says:

      Good observation Brent. Could be PDJT was showing/telling the G(whatever) how insignificant their shiff is. He told the G(whatever) what is going to happen and said “this is petty I have more important things to do. Have a nice summit”.

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  15. sundance says:

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  16. Amy2 says:

    Way to go Mike. Class act and kept the media on a short leash. Help them focus because they can’t do it on their own.

    Liked by 3 people

  17. These big summits are well planned events. Maybe a slight bit of zigzag but the main outcomes have already decided upon. No one is to be embarrassed because then no one benefits.

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    • George True says:

      Only in recent weeks have I realized the shifting alliances that have been playing out right under our noses, with almost nobody realizing it. A few here have alluded to it – Sundance of course, FLEP, and a few others.

      All these past decades North Korea has been solidly in the Communist camp, even more hardcore totalitarian Communist than Red China and the Soviet Union. Their close alliance with China has been their long term umbrella of protection militarily, much the same way that European NATO countries were under the protective umbrella of the US during the cold war. But it has come at a high price. They have essentially been held hostage by China, and they have not shared in China’s prosperity over the last 20 years.

      So why would the North Koreans now suddenly be willing to give up their WMD’s? In short, I believe Trump has proposed that they could come out from under China’s thumb, prosper tremendously as a result, and would no longer need their WMD’s or China’s protection, because going forward they would be firmly under the umbrella of OUR protection, just as South Korea is.

      Be prosperous, be protected, and be free from their jealous, neglectful and abusive ‘guardian’ at the same time. That is an EXTREMELY attractive offer for a North Korean dictator interested in survival, respect, legitimacy, and becoming a true hero to his people.

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  18. SoCal Patriot says:

    He is a very impressive man. POTUS did well in choosing him. Shame on all of the Democrats who tried to obstruct his appointment.

    Liked by 7 people

  19. repsort says:

    HAHA. 2nd questions was basically:
    “Aren’t you afraid your doofus president is going to totally screw up everything you’ve been working for?! Millions of lives are at stake here!”

    HAHAHAHA
    Holy $#!% I f@#ing hate these people with a passion. Can we kill ALL reporters?
    Please?!

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  20. Turranos says:

    Quote: “It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged.” – G.K. Chesterton
    (Same should apply to the the enemedia.)

    Liked by 6 people

  21. fred5678 says:

    When Big Mike retires as SoS, he can take Sarah’s jib!!!

    MASTERFUL presser!!

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  22. M33 says:

    “Ludicrous!”

    I LOVE IT!

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  23. Press hard at work trying to make a win look like a loss. We need to make sure history remembers their attempts to derail these talks.

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  24. joshua says:


    justin trudeau dancing with girlies
    Trump and his team sword dance with the Saudi Men

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  25. NYGuy54 says:

    Hmmm..interesting

    Liked by 4 people

    • Marica says:

      Hey Iran!…Too late…LOL!

      Liked by 5 people

    • Guyski says:

      If the outcome with North Korea is positive, things with Iran will start moving really fast. It’s all connected.

      Liked by 5 people

      • Deplore Able says:

        Check out Heshmat Alavi’s twitter feed. Iran is ready to implode. There will be a new Iranian Revolution. The USA won’t have to fire a shot.

        Gulf Cooperation Council forces are kicking the IRGC’s collective butt in Syria and Yemen. Trucker strike in Iran going on two weeks. Iran currency has crumbled. If a young Iranian has a job, odds are his employer doesn’t have the cash to make payroll.

        In the meantime, Mullahs are spending billions stirring up trouble throughout the Mideast, while their own people don’t have enough to eat. Mullahs days are numbered.

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        • jrapdx says:

          That seems to be the case, Iran is losing in Yemen, all but lost in Syria due to Israeli airstrikes and GCC assaults on Iranian installations. The costs to Iran have been astronomical, and American sanctions have been very effective. The only bet is whether the mullahs will last until the end of summer or persist until the end of the year. Either way they’re history in a matter of weeks or months.

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        • Sylvia Avery says:

          I saw a video, probably here on CTH, last night of Bibi Netanyahu giving a speech from his desk to the Iranian people and talking about the water shortage in Iran, and how Israel values the Iranian people. Israel is making their information available to the people of Iran via the interwebs on how to recycle waste water since Israel has been so successful at it. (They recycle 90 percent of their waste water).

          I watched this short video in amazement. I thought wow, Israel is really kicking at the supports holding up the Iranian government. Could get interesting.

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      • jrapdx says:

        It absolutely is. As NK was connected to Syria and the Syrian attempt to develop nuclear weapons. Fortunately Israel courageously put an end to Syria’s ambitions. NK and Iran have similar ties re: nuclear development. But I suspect that’s now defunct and Iran is madder than a wet hen over it, and about as potent too. The Iranian dictatorship is as dead as NAFTA, the dictators just don’t know it yet.

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      • Sylvia Avery says:

        No wonder John Brennan’s panties are in a wad and he is tweeting hysterically. He is trying to fight a multi front war. Tsk, tsk. I can smell the flop sweat from here.

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      • bosscook says:

        Yes, and this is why I believe there is a big shock coming for Obama bros….they will be exposed.

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        • jrapdx says:

          We can only hope that will happen and happen soon!

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        • Dutchman says:

          Already happening. O’s must be feeling absolutely gobsmacked! Not wanting to get out of bed in the a.m.

          “What part of my legacy is He going to shred, TODAY?”

          “Turn off the T.V, I’m SOOooo tired of losing!”

          “Just kill me now, pulease!”

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  26. Michelle says:

    I’m so happy with Pompeo as our SoS. I feel Trump has a real partner with him and someone who truly speaks effectively on behalf of Trump with the people Pompeo meets with. And he gives great press conferences!

    Liked by 4 people

    • Oldschool says:

      Agree Michelle, but for me, Pompeos real value is the time he spent in IC. I believe he made things a bit safer for our POTUS.

      Liked by 2 people

    • TheWanderingStar says:

      The exceptional leadership in the Trump administration demonstrates on every level how poorly the American people have been served for decades.

      And demonstrates how weak and inept our representation is by our houses of Congress.

      Liked by 3 people

    • So true. While Rex had his points, he was not really in agreement with POTUS on all issues so there was questionable support at times and some undercutting.
      In contrast these guys on on the same page, no squishy areas.

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  27. mr.piddles says:

    “History shows that we can, if we must, tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea”
    — Susan Rice

    BAAAAAAAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAHAHHHHAAAAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAHHAHA!!!!!!!!

    No, Susan! THE ANSWER IS **NO**!!!

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  28. frank field says:

    Mike Pompeo is being groomed by 45 to be the 46th president of the U.S.

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    • John Doe says:

      I could live with that. 🙂

      Liked by 4 people

    • TrumpsterinPa says:

      I would have to agree. I’m going to soak up everyday of a two term Trump Presidency. When the time comes to hand off the baton…Mike Pompeo would be on my very short list to succeed and carry on the Trump dynasty. Pompeo has the “It” factor,

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  29. teeheeman says:

    Pompeo is one impressive guy. He is SMART, CONFIDENT and OPTIMISTIC while remaining totally REALISTIC……same traits as Trump.

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  30. Pam says:

    He handled those prestitutes like a boss! Well done Mr. Pompeo!

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  31. Pam says:

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    • L4grasshopper says:

      Exactly. Here is how it will happen:

      Scenario: Trump and Kim shake hands and trade pleasantries. Trump then asks Kim: “Are you willing to give up all nukes and related capabilities, AND allow us to absolutely verify it”

      Scenario 1A: “Kim says “First we have to [fill in the blank].” At that point, Trump gets up and leaves.

      Scenario 1B: “Kim says “Yes”. Trump says: “What do you want for it?” And the negotiations are on.

      Let’s hope for B. But it A happens, so be it.

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  32. citizen817 says:

    He said the pre-summit talks were “moving quite rapidly”. 

    In return for complete denuclearisation, Mr Pompeo said the US will take actions to provide North Korea with “sufficient certainty that they can be comfortable that denuclearisation isn’t something that ends badly for them”.

    He added: “Just the opposite. That it leads to a brighter and better future for the North Korean people”.

    Mr Pompeo also addressed a report by the New York Times that the US team lacked technical expertise on dismantling North Korea’s nuclear programme. 

    He said a team of experts – from the military, Department of Energy and members of the intelligence community covering North Korea – have been meeting over the last three months to discuss the issue.

    “Any suggestion that the United States lacks expertise across government or on the ground here in Singapore is mistaken,” he said.

    https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/complete-verifiable-denuclearisation-is-only-outcome-us-will-accept-at-trump-kim-summit

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    • L4grasshopper says:

      If — huge IF — Kim and Co. actually agree to denuking the North, then it all comes down to what they want for it. And I would presume that we would be willing to pay quite a lot in terms of economic, food, fuel, and related assistance.

      IF………

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    • bosscook says:

      DeNiro needs to be put in a padded cell and forced to listen to this 24/7. Then waterboarded.

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  33. FL_GUY says:

    JMHO, President Trump already has the deal he wants. The meeting with Kim is just window dressing for both of them.

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  34. Dutchman says:

    So, if in addition to a treaty, signe by Kim, that big, fat envelope DJT recievrd in the oval office contained 30,000 emails, turned over to us by (at the time hacked) an avowed enemy, would thst not be pretty clear, uncontrovertible evidence of,… trrason?

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  35. Dutchman says:

    If DJT walked on water, msm would report “Trump unable to swim”.

    How in the world are they gonna spin this?

    Guesses as to headlines?

    “Trump colludes with N. Korea”

    “Trump forming ‘axis of evil’, with Russia and N. Korea”

    “Oh, and he doesnt know how to feed goldfish, either.”

    Count on it, one ee WON’T see;

    “O.K., We were wrong. Trump on track to be one of the greatest Presidents ever!”

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  36. David says:

    Re- Pompeo as Pres 46. Please remember that Succession Planning is a MAJOR responsibility for every serious Private Sector Executive. Trump is no longer in the Private Sector, but he still understands that. DCP

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