Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Pompeo: 'Significant progress' made on NKorea denuke trip

Pompeo: 'Significant progress' made on NKorea denuke trip

Pompeo and Kim met for about two hours and then had lunch together.

According to the South Korean statement, Pompeo said "he agreed with Chairman Kim to hold the second US-North Korea summit at the earliest date possible".

Kim said he believed the dialogue between the two countries would continue to develop favorably "based on the deep confidence between the two leaders of the two countries", and expressed gratitude to Trump for making a honest effort to implement the agreement made at their historic June summit, KCNA said. US officials have maintained, however, that verified denuclearization remains a precondition for sanctions relief.

Kim also praised their "nice meeting", telling Pompeo via an interpreter following the morning's talks that it was "a very nice day that promises a good future. for both countries". There was no immediate indication, though, if Pompeo managed to arrange a second summit between Kim and President Donald Trump.

Instead, the top US diplomat has been tasked by his boss with preparing for a second summit with Kim Jong Un, which the North Koreans are pushing for, but that analysts warn will hurt USA goals.

The Sunday stop in Pyongyang was Pompeo's first chance to introduce his special envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, to leaders there. US officials have thus far said sanctions will remain in place until the North's denuclearization is fully verified.

"I hope your trip to North Korea and the upcoming second US-North Korea summit will provide a good opportunity for achieving irreversible, decisive progress in terms of denuclearisation and the peace process on the Korean peninsula". He also pledged that during his meeting with Kim on Sunday, he would raise the cases of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea.

Pompeo and Kim "refined options for the location and date" of their next summit, and they agreed to instruct their respective working-level teams to meet soon to intensify discussions on the key remaining issues, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

On his way to Asia, Pompeo stuck to his guns, indicating that the spirit of the June agreement between Trump and Kim at Singapore in June was that "we will get to denuclearization in a fully verified, irreversible way, and then we will actually deliver on the commitments to make this brighter future for the North Korean people".

Pompeo responded: "We had a great, great visit this morning".

Pompeo was joined by US special representative on DPRK issues Stephen Biegun, and Kim was joined by Kim Yo Jong, first vice department director of the Central Committee of the ruling Worker's Party of Korea (WPK), the statement said.

"President Trump wants the second meeting, and I think he can nearly spin anything coming out of North Korea to make the second summit happen anyway", said Terry.

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Abe's office in Tokyo on Saturday.

In that same series of tweets, Trump also linked the stall in denuclearization to U.S.

This photo taken from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's tweet on October 7, 2018, shows him meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) in Pyongyang.

In an interview with the Washington Post, she said the North could agree to dismantle Yongbyon, its signature nuclear site. "We will bring up the issue of the abductees as well and then we will share with you how we hope to proceed when we are in Pyongyang tomorrow".

Pompeo will also visit Beijing Monday as he concludes his four-nation visit to the region.

An official of the State Department was not immediately able to confirm Pompeo's arrival in Pyongyang, from where outside communication can be limited.

The North has accused Washington of making "unilateral and gangster-like" demands on denuclearization and has insisted that sanctions should be lifted before any progress in nuclear talks.

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