Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday morning that the administration will not tolerate Russian interference in 2018 elections and will take "appropriate counter measures" against any ongoing efforts.

Why it matters: This is a harder line stance than the President has taken on Russian interference in the election to date, who has expressed skepticism about the level of meddling from Moscow.

  • North Korea: Pompeo claimed the U.S. had made no concessions to North Korea in the lead up to a planned summit next month, despite changes to joint military exercises with South Korea. He also said he’d been very clear in meetings with Kim Jong-un about U.S. requirements for verifying North Korean denuclearization.

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