Kim, Pompeo Agree to 2nd US-N Korea Summit at 'Earliest Date'

Larry Hoffman
October 8, 2018

On the North Korean side, Kim Yo Jong, Kim Jong Un's sister and a top Workers' Party of Korea official, was present.

Pompeo has repeatedly refused to discuss details of negotiations, including a USA position on North Korea's demand for a declared end to the Korean War and a proposal from Seoul for such a declaration to be accompanied by a shutdown of the North's main known nuclear facility.

"Most importantly, both the leaders believe there is real progress that can be made, substantive progress that can be made at the next summit and so we are going to get it at a time that works for each of the two leaders and at a place that works for both of them", he said.

Pompeo and Kim also agreed to form a working group to discuss the denuclearization process and the second summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump, Yoon said.

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.

The top USA diplomat touched down at Osan Air Base around 5:15 p.m. after wrapping up his visit to Pyongyang.

As they sat for lunch, Kim said, "It's a very nice day that promises a good future for both countries".

Pompeo and Kim held a two-hour meeting followed by a 90-minute luncheon hosted by Kim.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "had a good meeting with Chairman Kim today in Pyongyang", Trump tweeted.

He told South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday his latest trip to Pyongyang was "another step forward" to denuclearisation but there are "many steps along the way".

A USA official added that the visit was "better than the last time" but further efforts were needed.

Pompeo had flown to Pyongyang from Tokyo after talks there with Japan's prime minister during which he pledged the Trump administration would coordinate and unify its strategy for denuclearisation with allies.

South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-wha has given a hint of what a grand bargain between the two countries could look like.

North Korea accused Pompeo of expressing "gangster-like" demands in a statement after the visit. He is expected to leave for China on Tuesday.

"I have asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to go to North Korea, at this time, because I feel we are not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", Trump tweeted in August.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang July 6, 2018. "It's good to see you again", Pompeo said as they shook hands.

Kim pledged to work towards denuclearisation during the Singapore summit, but Pyongyang's actions have since fallen short of US demands for irreversible steps to give up its arsenal.

Pyongyang and Washington have clashed over the sequence of denuclearization measures and corresponding compensation - a repeat of past nuclear negotiations between the two countries.

The top USA diplomat thanked the Seoul government for playing a critical role in negotiations for Pyongyang's steps in "denuclearization" and building "stable relationship" with Washington.

Until recently, Pyongyang has appeared to be increasing its demands. "So this is, I think, a good outcome for all of us". According to Reuters, a commentary issued by North Korea's official news agency KCNA earlier this week said policy experts are "spouting rubbish" when they say North Korea should disclose details of its nuclear program.

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.

Pompeo later planned stops in South Korea and China to review the negotiations.

"Secretary Pompeo said there had been discussions on denuclearization measures to be taken by North Korea and monitoring by the USA government, as well as on corresponding measures to be taken by the United States", Yoon said.

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