Pompeo to meet with Kim Jong Un on Sunday, State Department announces

Larry Hoffman
October 7, 2018

Her comments came ahead of a visit on Sunday by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to North Korea, where he will meet strongman Kim Jong Un in an effort to further the denuclearization effort.

Pompeo, who is trying to arrange a second summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump, will also head to US allies Japan and South Korea, as well as North Korea's chief ally China with which the United States is engaged in escalating trade and diplomatic disputes.

But Pompeo did not meet Kim on his last visit in July, when the North Korean leader instead was photographed touring a potato farm.

Kim and Trump met in June in Singapore in the first-ever summit between the two countries that have never signed a peace treaty to formally end their 1950-53 war.

Pompeo's trip at the weekend comes as the U.S. hopes to move forward in negotiations with the North, which has repeatedly complained the Trump administration has not reciprocated its good will. Pompeo said he expects to a plan for a second summit between Kim and Trump, and to make progress on a "pathway for denuclearisation".

Pompeo was invited to North Korea last week, when he met DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in NY.

The joint celebration comes after President Moon and North Korean leader Kim's third meeting last month, in which they agreed to mark the summit anniversary with "meaningful" events.

Pompeo is set to visit Pyongyang on Sunday for nuclear negotiations, his first trip since an earlier one was cancelled by Trump over a lack of progress.

"I think it shows momentum that he is paying his fourth trip", Nauert told reporters.

A group of South Korean government officials, politicians and civic and religious leaders left for North Korea on Thursday to take part in an event to jointly celebrate the anniversary of the 2007 inter-Korean summit.

The North, which is under United Nations sanctions, has carried out six nuclear tests and says it has missiles that can hit the United States.

"And then we fell in love", he said at a rally in West Virginia Saturday.

Rep. Kim Sam-hwa of the center-right Bareunmirae Party said it was every Korean's wish to establish a peace regime on the peninsula through North Korea's irreversible denuclearization. "We've made more progress than has been made in an awfully long time and, importantly, we have done so in conditions which continue to give us the opportunity to achieve the final goal". Pompeo has been a vocal advocate of maintaining maximum pressure and sanctions on North Korea until it has made clear and significant moves to denuclearize. "He likes me, I like him, we get along", Trump said at a press conference Wednesday.

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