Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Pompeo says hopes talks with Kim in Pyongyang will lead to denuclearisation

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Gerardo Duncan | 08 October, 2018, 10:30

Kim also invited inspectors to visit the Punggye Ri nuclear test site to confirm that it has been irreversibly dismantled, Nauert said.

"Well, I am really pleased for this opportunity".

North Korea denounced Pompeo on his previous trip to Pyongyang in July for making "gangster-like demands". US officials have thus far said sanctions will remain in place until the North's denuclearization is fully verified. "North Korea summit, which I hope will be happening soon, will make an irreversible and decisive progress in terms of complete denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula as well as the peace process".

Nauert's statement made no mention of North Korea's commitment to dismantle the important Yongbyon nuclear facility, a potentially troubling sign for US negotiators. "And we had a very successful morning, so thank you and I am looking forward to our time here at lunch as well", Pompeo 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.

He also included three photos of Pompeo and Kim together.

In contrast with South Korea, whose President Moon Jae-in has been at the forefront of encouraging Trump's rapprochement with the North, Japan has been decidedly cautious, insisting that its interests and concerns be addressed.

During a closed meeting with Moon, Pompeo said he and Kim agreed to arrange the second U.S.

"As President Trump said, there are many steps along the way and we took one of them today", Pompeo told Moon in Seoul, in remarks that offered only a broad assessment of his talks with Kim.

Last month, Abe hinted that he was prepared to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "to break the shell of mutual distrust".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "had a good meeting with Chairman Kim today in Pyongyang", Trump tweeted. He said they would develop options, if not finalize, the location and timing of a second Trump-Kim summit.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in held talks with Pompeo in Seoul after the top US diplomat met with Kim for more than three hours during a short trip to Pyongyang that was aimed at breaking a gridlock in their nuclear negotiations. Tension between the two governments also surfaced at last month's U.N. Security Council meeting when President Trump accused the Chinese government of trying to interfere in the U.S.'s upcoming midterm elections.

America's top diplomat left Tokyo for Pyongyang on Sunday after pledging that the US will coordinate with allies Japan and South Korea on efforts to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.

Trump has appeared eager to meet Kim again, even though the two sides are seen far from narrowing their differences. Japan has been wary of the initiative, but South Korea has embraced it.

Pompeo's diplomatic offensive comes as Trump presses to meet with Kim for a second time after their June summit in Singapore produced a vague agreement on denuclearization with few, if any, specifics. Instead, they want both sides to take a "phased" approach, in which Pyongyang is rewarded as it takes gradual steps to roll back its nuclear program.

The United Nation's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), say they are best placed to verify a dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear programme.

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Abe's office in Tokyo on Saturday. USA officials have maintained, however, that verified denuclearization remains a precondition for sanctions relief.

But several experts told ABC News that North Korea hadn't done enough yet to earn an end-of-war declaration, let alone a second Trump-Kim summit.

With talks largely deadlocked, at the heart of this round of negotiations is a debate over what the US should demand from North Korea and what it is willing to give in exchange.

Pompeo visited Tokyo on Friday and is also due to travel to Beijing before returning home on Monday.

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