Pompeo discusses denuclearization, Trump-Kim summit in Pyongyang

08 October, 2018, 10:28 | Author: Edward Snyder
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President Donald Trump says he hopes to see North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "in the near future" after his top diplomat reported progress Sunday at a meeting with Kim in Pyongyang held to resolve details over a potential second summit.

Pompeo and Kim met privately in Pyongyang for two hours and then at a 90-minute luncheon hosted by the North Korean leader.

In a press briefing Tuesday, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert emphasized that Pompeo's meeting with Kim in Pyongyang demonstrates adherence to a promise, made at the historic face-to-face summit Trump had with Kim in June, to continue the conversation between North Korea and the U.S.

The IAEA said in August it did not find any indication that North Korea had stopped its nuclear activities, adding to doubts about the country's willingness to abandon its arsenal.

Pompeo and Kim also discussed "denuclearisation steps that will be taken by North Korea and the issue of attendance by the USA government", as well as "corresponding measures" to be taken by the U.S., the statement said.

In Tokyo, Pompeo told Abe that the USA wanted to work closely on nuclear talks and that he would raise with the North Koreans the issue of Japanese abductees held for decades by the regime.

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

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". "North Korea summit will create good momentum for a breakthrough in the denuclearization and irreversible progress in the peace process on the Korean Peninsula".

Pompeo said he and Kim discussed denuclearization steps to be taken by the North and the issue of US government monitoring of those actions, which Washington sees as vital, as well as the measures the United States would conduct in return, Moon's office said.

"We continue to make progress on agreements made at Singapore summit", Pompeo tweeted shortly after arriving in Seoul. "So this is, I think, a good outcome for all of us", Pompeo said.




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

"Thank you for hosting, President Trump sends his regards".

While in Japan, Pompeo will meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Kono before he heads to North Korea for just hours on Sunday.

Speaking to reporters en route to Japan, Pompeo said the plan was to "develop options for both location and timing" for a second summit, although he doubted they would "get it nailed" down mostly due to scheduling and logistics issues.

Pompeo is expected to meet Moon after his visit to North Korea on Sunday.

Nauert's statement made no mention of North Korea's commitment to dismantle the important Yongbyon nuclear facility, a potentially troubling sign for USA negotiators.

While North Korea blew up the entrances of the tunnels in May and removed the diagnostic equipment, the shafts could be reopened or new tunnels could be excavated if Kim made a decision to restart underground test blasts, he said.

In an interview with the Washington Post, she said the North could agree to dismantle Yongbyon, its signature nuclear site. "But if you look at the approach, we are in lockstep with each of those two countries in terms of how we approach achieving the results that everyone is aimed at".

Pompeo will also visit Beijing on Monday as he concludes his four-nation visit to the region. South Korea is urging the U.S.to make its next demand the dismantlement of North Korea's main nuclear facility, Yongbyon, instead of declaring its inventory, which could lead to squabbling without trust-building actions, according to Kang.

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