U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that he and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong Un made unspecified progress Sunday toward an agreement for the DPRK to give up its nuclear weapons.
There was no immediate indication whether Pompeo had managed to arrange a much-anticipated second summit between Kim and President Donald Trump.
Trump, tweeting from Washington, cited progress on agreements he made with Kim at their June meeting in Singapore and said, “I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim again, in the near future.”
CGTN’s Jack Barton reports.
The DPRK state-run news agency KCNA said Kim had “expressed his will and conviction that a great progress would surely be made in solving the issues of utmost concern of the world and in attaining the goal set forth at the last talks with the projected second DPRK-U.S. summit talks as an occasion.”
In an early Monday dispatch, the Korean Central News Agency called the talks “productive and wonderful” and said that “mutual stands were fully understood and opinions exchanged.”
Arriving in Seoul after several hours in Pyongyang on his fourth visit to North Korea, Pompeo said Sunday he had a “good trip” and that he and Kim “continue to make progress on agreements made at the Singapore summit.”
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.
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. Moon, who has met twice with Kim, asked Pompeo to make public as much information as he could about the trip.
Story by The Associated Press with additional information from CGTN.
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