Pompeo discusses denuclearization, Trump-Kim summit in Pyongyang

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agreed to arrange a second leaders summit "as soon as possible", and discussed potential U.S. monitoring of Pyongyang's steps toward denuclearization, South Korea's presidential office said on Sunday.

North Korea has dismissed that demand - calling it a "fiction" in a commentary after Pompeo's last visit in July - and the US insistence that North Korea's denuclearization come first, leaving talks at a standstill.

Pompeo said he and Kim had gotten "pretty close" to fixing the logistics for the summit but stressed that "sometimes that last inch is hard to close".

"I dearly hope that your latest visit, as well as the upcoming US-North Korea summit, which I hope will be happening soon, will make an irreversible, decisive progress in terms of the denuclearisation as well as the peace process", Moon said.

Trump commented quickly on Twitter that Pompeo and Kim "had a good meeting" where they discussed agreements reached during the first summit, in Singapore.

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Speaking to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Ri Yong Ho said North Korea had taken "significant goodwill measures" in the past year but had not seen "any corresponding response" from the United States.

As the pair sat for lunch, Kim said, "It's a very nice day that promises a good future for both countries". "After having a nice meeting we can enjoy a meal together", Kim told Pompeo as they walked down a hallway toward a guesthouse dining room.

"Kim Jong Un expressed satisfaction over the productive and wonderful talks with Mike Pompeo at which mutual stands were fully understood and opinions exchanged", North Korean news agency KCNA said. "I thought we had a good, productive conversation, and as President Trump has said, there are many steps along the way, and we took one of them today, another step forward".

"Yeah, so we had a great, great visit this morning", Pompeo replied. "Thanks for hosting me and my team", Pompeo tweeted.

"If you do see concrete action that assures the US, the rest of the world that definitely concrete steps are being taken to eliminate very important parts of their nuclear program, then that's a definite step forward and builds the trust", Kang told The Washington Post in an interview last week.

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An official accompanying the delegation who declined to be named said the trip had gone "better than the last time" but added it is going to be a "long haul". Pompeo will then travel to South Korea and China to review the negotiations. Despite the historic meeting, the two sides are deadlocked over how to achieve that goal and Trump canceled Pompeo's initial planned return to North Korea last month.

Pompeo, on the third stop of a four-leg trip that began in Japan and will end in China, then met South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and foreign minister.

An official of the State Department was not immediately able to confirm Pompeo's arrival in Pyongyang, from where outside communication can be limited.

Pompeo has repeatedly refused to discuss details of negotiations, including a U.S. position on North Korea's demand for a declared end to the Korean war and a proposal from Seoul for such a declaration to be accompanied by a shutdown of the North's main known nuclear facility. On Wednesday, he said there was unanimous support for this at last week's U.N. General Assembly, even if Russian Federation and China "had some ideas about how we might begin to think about a time when it would be appropriate to reduce them". "It was another step forward".

"But with respect to our relationship with the Republic of Korea and Japan on this issue, I have found that we are in lockstep on the most important issues and how to approach them", Pompeo said.

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In an interview with the Washington Post, she said the North could agree to dismantle Yongbyon, its signature nuclear site. Kim's regime has said it wants to focus on more than just its nuclear program, and that it expects the U.S.to show some flexibility with its demands.

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