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

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

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

A senior Blue House official, requesting anonymity to discuss sensitive issues, told reporters Wednesday that Seoul had initially thought that a Trump-Kim summit might happen after the November 6 USA midterm elections, but the fact that Pompeo is visiting Pyongyang sooner than expected "sends a positive signal" that it might take place earlier.

"We make this trip to Pyongyang in the spirit of the October 4 Declaration", Cho told pool reporters before leaving for the North.

Speaking before a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in NY recently, Trump announced that himself and Kim will hold a second summit "in the not too distant future".

For now, Pompeo may explore how serious North Korea is in its offer to dismantle Yongbyon, and what it wants in return; and then to decide if that represents a sound basis for another meeting between Trump and Kim, something both leaders appear keen to make happen.

"I'm very happy to be going back to get another chance to continue to advance the commitment that Chairman Kim and President Trump made back in Singapore in the second week of June", Pompeo told a news briefing at the State Department.

Critics have pointed out that the Singapore declaration contained no firm commitments from North Korea to dismantle its nuclear and missile programs and U.S. officials have expressed frustration at North Korea's evasion of sanctions.

North Korea, Lee stressed, was willing to give up its nuclear weapons for peace and prosperity.

Pompeo was invited to visit Pyongyang this month during a September 26 meeting with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho.

The trip would be Pompeo's fourth to North Korea and comes a month after Trump canceled a trip the top U.S. diplomat had planned for August. However, he distanced himself from an earlier stated goal of getting North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons by the end of Trump's four-year term in January 2021.

"We will never beg the United States to lift sanctions", it said.

"Without any trust in the USA, there will be no confidence in our national security, and under such circumstances there is no way we will unilaterally disarm ourselves first".

According to South Korean government reports, North is believed to have produced 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of weaponized plutonium, enough for at least eight bombs. He said there's continuing global support for economic sanctions to remain on North Korea in the meantime. That was Kim and Moon's third meeting this year as they work to resolve the nuclear standoff following a torrid run of North Korean nuclear and missile tests.

North Korea's state newspaper Rodong Sinmun called the sanctions "rude" in light of its conciliatory measures.

"We are not easing the pressure in that regard at all", she said, while responding when asked if Washington was considering any kind of peace declaration: "We are not".

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