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Pompeo Hails 'Progress' after Talks with Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang

Pompeo Hails 'Progress' after Talks with Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang

North Korean officials who dined with members of Mr. Pompeo's entourage in a separate room said that it would be great if Mr. Trump visited Pyongyang for a second summit meeting with Mr. Kim. Their meeting comes as President Trump and the North Korean dictator intend on sitting down for another summit to continue work on verifiable denuclearization.

"It is important for us to hear from you as I travel to Pyongyang to make sure that we are fully in sync with respect to missile programs, (chemical and biological weapons) programs", Pompeo told Abe. Moon, who has met twice with Kim, asked Pompeo to make public as much information as he could about the trip. "North Korea summit as soon as possible", South Korean press secretary Yoon Young-chan said in a statement.

Their meeting took after Pompeo returned from his trip to Pyongyang to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un earlier in the day.

Back in 2000, then-secretary of state Madeline Albright went to North Korea to meet with then-leader Kim Jong-il to potentially set up an even bigger summit: between Kim and President Bill Clinton.

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

A declaration to end the 1950-53 Korean War could be a "slippery slope" to questioning the need for the USA troop presence in South Korea, the deputy head of the U.N. Command overseeing the Korean armistice said on Friday, ahead of new talks between Washington and Pyongyang.

At the same time, the debate over whether to treat North Korea as a de facto nuclear power could influence whether fragile diplomacy continues or Northeast Asia returns to the threats of nuclear strikes that had many fearing war just a year ago. Through its top diplomat and state-controlled newspapers, North Korea said that the easing of economic sanctions is necessary for talks to move forward. He said they would develop options, if not finalize, the location and timing of a second Trump-Kim summit.

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President Moon expressed hope that Pompeo's trip would serve as an opportunity to make "decisive progress" on achieving the goals of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and establishing a peace regime. He left Pyongyang in July hailing progress, only for North Korea to denounce him for making "gangster-like demands".

South Korea has suggested that the US sign a treaty formally ending the Korean War, in exchange for North Korea closing its main nuclear plant, as NPR's Anthony Kuhn reported for our Newscast.

Pompeo and Kim held a two-hour meeting followed by a 90-minute luncheon hosted by Kim. Pompeo smiled but said nothing in return.

Washington and Pyongyang have sparred over the exact terms of their vaguely-worded agreement in Singapore, with the United States pushing to maintain sanctions and pressure against the North until its "final, fully verified denuclearisation".

In an interview with the Washington Post, she said the North could agree to dismantle Yongbyon, its signature nuclear site, and in exchange, the U.S. would declare a formal end to the Korean War, but the North would stop short of delivering an exhaustive list of its nuclear facilities.

One U.S. official who accompanied Pompeo said Sunday's meeting was "better than the last time", but added that "it's going to be a long haul".


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