Kim, Pompeo discussed 2nd summit, how to observe denuclearization

Kim, Pompeo discussed 2nd summit, how to observe denuclearization

An unnamed U.S. official accompanying Pompeo said Sunday's talks were "better than the last time", but added: "It's going to a long haul".

"This will be great", Pompeo told Kim in agreement. As Pompeo waited for him, he clasped his hands in front of his body and State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said, "It's like you are standing at the alt [a] r", according to the pool report.

On the flight to Tokyo, Pompeo said his aim was to "develop sufficient trust" between Washington and Pyongyang to inch towards peace.

Pompeo and Kim had exchanged pleasantries and appeared chummy while they walked into the banquet room.

"So is everything OK?" They say the North will never relinquish the weapons that are the only way to make to make sure the Kim family dynasty lives on.

"I don't have much to add", Pompeo replied.

"Past experience shows that the list and the verification about the list takes a lot of back-and-forth, and I think the last time things broke down precisely as we were working out a detailed protocol on verification after we had gotten the list", she said.

Pompeo said he had a "great visit" and a "very successful morning", adding that Trump sent his regards.

During a closed meeting with Moon, Pompeo said he and Kim agreed to arrange the second U.S. Any diplomacy, multiple US administrations have said, must have as its endgame the total abandonment of all North Korean bombs.

In a tweet, Pompeo later said: "We continue to make progress on agreements made at Singapore Summit".

He asked Pompeo to share what he could with the public. "Thanks for hosting me and my team @StateDept".

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Under the joint declaration signed by Moon and Kim, the DPRK said it was willing to continue with additional steps toward denuclearization, such as the permanent dismantlement of its main Yongbyon nuclear facilities if the United States takes corresponding actions.

Those were the highlights contained in a written summary released by the presidential office of the gist of what Pompeo told South Korean President Moon Jae In was discussed during Pompeo's meeting earlier in the day with the North Korean leader.

Pompeo said Wednesday that he's optimistic he'll come away with a plan for a second summit between Trump and Kim and progress on a "pathway for denuclearization".

Kang said such steps would serve to dispel mistrust between Pyongyang and Washington and speed up negotiations by avoiding the risk of bogging it down over the verification process.

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 United States, the statement said.

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

The secretary of state's last trip to North Korea, in July, did not go so well.

The top USA diplomat thanked the Seoul government for playing a critical role in negotiations for Pyongyang's denuclearization and other peace process.

Gridlock has been part and parcel of the negotiation process.

The trip will be Pompeo's fourth to Pyongyang, as the contours of a possibly historic US-North Korea deal take shape. Progress made on Singapore Summit Agreements!

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.

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