North Korea Diplomacy Picks Up With a Pompeo-Kim Encounter in Pyongyang

North Korea Diplomacy Picks Up With a Pompeo-Kim Encounter in Pyongyang

North Korea Diplomacy Picks Up With a Pompeo-Kim Encounter in Pyongyang

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday he had "good, productive conversations" with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on the regime's denuclearization process and the holding of the second summit between the two nations.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made "significant progress" toward an agreement for the North to give up its...

He arrived in Seoul, South Korea, in the evening and was scheduled to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Mr Pompeo also said he and Mr Kim discussed denuclearisation steps to be taken by the North and the issue of United States inspection of those actions, as well as the measures the USA would take in return.

Cheong Wa Dae said that Pompeo told Moon that had talks with Kim over denuclearization negotiations, including what measures the North Korean leader would take for giving up its nuclear arsenal in a verifiable way - such U.S. government's inspection of North Korea's nuclear facilities.

In Seoul, before leaving for talks with Chinese officials in Beijing, Pompeo said Kim is expected soon to name deputy foreign minister Choe Son Hui as a counterpart for his new special envoy for North Korea, former Ford executive Stephen Biegun, who accompanied him on the trip.

"North Korea summit will create good momentum for a breakthrough in the denuclearization and irreversible progress in the peace process on the Korean Peninsula". The statement did not provide further details.

Trump met Kim in Singapore in June for an historic summit.

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

"North Korea took some steps towards denuclearisation and the United States will face criticism from the worldwide community if it continues to demand complete denuclearisation without any lifting of sanctions", said Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul.

In his remarks, Moon expressed the hope that a second U.S.

"The optimistic would say that he [North Korean leader Kim Jong Un] needs it for a domestic audience so he can change his ways and have a new approach; the pessimist would say it's another way to split the allies apart".

Korea to accompany Pompeo on trip to Pyongyang Sunday
At a campaign rally on Saturday, Trump said he and Kim "fell in love", adding "he wrote me lovely letters". She said that in the meantime, sanctions would remain in place.

Pompeo did not meet Kim on that trip.

During the appearance with the media, Pompeo said he wanted "a fully coordinated, unified view of how to proceed, which will be what is needed if we are going to be successful in denuclearizing North Korea". "I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim again, in the near future". "Thanks for hosting me and my team", Pompeo tweeted.

"It's good to see you again", Pompeo said as they shook hands and Pompeo placed his hand on Kim's shoulder and they both smiled.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Kim on Sunday morning for around two hours of talks followed by a lunch in the North's capital, before flying to Seoul on a whirlwind diplomatic visit to the region.

"Yeah, so we had a great, great visit this morning", Pompeo replied. "It was another step forward", Pompeo said in a meeting with Moon at the Blue House.

Speaking aboard his plane on Friday, Pompeo said his mission was to "make sure that we understand what each side is truly trying to achieve ... and how we can deliver against the commitments that were made" in Singapore.

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

Pompeo's last trip did not go well.

North Korea's leader Kim also struck a positive tone during his meeting with Pompeo.

An official accompanying the delegation who declined to be named said the trip had gone "better than the last time" but added that it is going to be a "long haul", according to a pool report from the lone US journalist who accompanied Pompeo to Pyongyang.

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