Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Pompeo says progress made with Kim Jong Un on North Korea trip

Pompeo says progress made with Kim Jong Un on North Korea trip

The Koreas held a high-level meeting in North Korea's capital on Friday to discuss the implementation of agreements from a summit last month between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

It is unclear if Trump could persuade Kim to relinquish his nuclear arsenal in a second meeting; North Korea has resisted calls for unilateral denuclearisation, slammed the USA for continued sanctions pressure and demanded Washington make "corresponding" concessions.

Trump and Kim met in Singapore in June, and that summit ended with Kim's pledge to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

Trump should declare that Washington won't sign a peace treaty with a nuclear-armed North Korea and won't support an end of Korean War declaration until Pyongyang takes significant disarmament steps, according to Evans Revere, a former State Department Asia specialist.

In a tweet on Sunday, Trump said: "Progress made on Singapore Summit Agreements!"

"President Trump wants the second meeting, and I think he can nearly spin anything coming out of North Korea to make the second summit happen anyway", said Terry.

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

Moon had his own third summit with Kim last month in Pyongyang, which was partly meant to help salvage the stumbling negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington, after Trump, citing lack of progress, called off Pompeo's planned visit to the North in late August.

"It's a very nice day that promises a good future for both countries", Kim said, speaking through an interpreter, as he sat down at the lunch table with Pompeo.

In a landmark summit in June, Donald Trump had met Kim Jong Un.

And South Korea's Moon, during an interview with Fox News last month, suggested an end-of-war declaration, the easing of global sanctions against North Korea, cultural exchanges and the establishment of a U.S. diplomatic liaison office in Pyongyang. It has not taken any steps to halt nuclear weapons or missile development.

Alongside Mukwege, the committee honoured Murad, a 25-year-old Iraqi woman from the Yazidi community who in 2014 was kidnapped by Islamic State militants and endured three months as a sex slave before managing to escape.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, shake hands prior to a meeting at Abe's office in Tokyo, prior to Pompeo's trip to Pyongyang.

The U.S., in its mission for a fully verified denuclearization of North Korea, demands that the country turn over a full inventory of its nuclear weapons program.

Recently, he angered North Korea by insisting that worldwide sanctions must remain in place until it gives up its nuclear weapons. President Trump said we still have a lot to do.

The North has accused Washington of making "unilateral and gangster-like" demands on denuclearization and has insisted that sanctions should be lifted before any progress in nuclear talks. "After having a nice meeting we can enjoy a meal together", Kim said as they walked down a hallway for lunch.

"Each side has to develop sufficient trust so they can take the actions necessary to get to the end", Pompeo said.

Pompeo will also visit Beijing on Monday as he concludes his four-nation visit to the region. "Maybe we will get further than that", said the top U.S. diplomat.

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