Washington hails productive Kim-Pompeo talks, mulls new Trump-Kim summit

Washington hails productive Kim-Pompeo talks, mulls new Trump-Kim summit

Washington hails productive Kim-Pompeo talks, mulls new Trump-Kim summit

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang July 6, 2018. -North Korea summit would take place in the near future, and mark irreversible progress in achieving denuclearization and bringing stable peace to the Korean Peninsula.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to hold a second summit with US President Donald Trump as soon as possible, Seoul said yesterday, after Washington's top diplomat held "productive" talks on denuclearization with him in Pyongyang.

Pompeo tweeted he had "a good trip to Pyongyang" and "continue to make progress on agreements made" at the historic Singapore summit in June. After leaving Pyongyang, Pompeo tweeted a photo of himself walking down a hall alongside Kim and his entourage, and said he would continue to make progress on denuclearization talks.

He said: "Thanks for hosting me and my team".

"Disclosing all nuclear inventories is the first step toward denuclearization", he told reporters after Pompeo wrapped up his meeting in Tokyo.

Mr Moon, who has met Mr Kim twice, asked Mr Pompeo to make public as much information as he could about the trip.

A photograph released by the U.S. Department of State showed Pompeo and Kim trailed by various officials from their countries.

"Kim Jong Un expressed satisfaction over the productive and wonderful talks with Mike Pompeo at which mutual stands were fully understood and opinions exchanged", KCNA said.

The top United States diplomat offered no details, and upon landing in South Korea, he briefed White House national security adviser John Bolton and Mr Trump's chief of staff John Kelly on his trip.

Details of today's discussions were not immediately available.

Kono also said he and Pompeo didn't go into details of a possible war-end declaration because it's premature while there is virtually no progress in denuclearization.

'Then we are also going to set up the next summit, ' said Pompeo.

However, he played down expectations for a breakthrough. "I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim again, in the near future", Trump sad. "If there is a second meeting, they are pretty sure that they can get more out of Trump than just dealing with administrations officials, including Pompeo".

Kim pledged to work toward denuclearization at the Singapore summit, but Pyongyang's actions have since fallen short of Washington's demands for irreversible steps to give up its arsenal, including declaring all nuclear and missile facilities.

Since the Singapore summit, the road towards warmer ties has been bumpy.

But the unorthodox USA president has also since declared himself "in love" with Kim. U.S. officials have thus far said sanctions will remain in place until the North's denuclearisation is fully verified.

Last month, the North's foreign minister told the United Nations there was "no way" his country would disarm first as long as tough USA sanctions remain against his country.

The top U.S. diplomat offered no details, and, upon landing in South Korea, he briefed White House national security adviser John Bolton and Trump chief of staff John Kelly on his trip, officials said.

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 chose to restart underground test blasts, he said. "Even if there is no legal basis for it, emotionally people would start to question the presence and the continued existence of the United Nations Command", he said.

Pompeo, on the third stop of a four-leg Asian tour that began in Japan and was to end in China on Monday, then met South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in.

The North has committed to taking additional denuclearization steps, such as shutting down its long-range missile engine test site and launching pad in Dongchang-ri on the west coast in the presence of global inspectors and closing its main Yongbyon nuclear complex should the US take "corresponding measures".

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