Korea trip, says progress made with Kim

Korea trip, says progress made with Kim

Korea trip, says progress made with Kim

Though senior administration officials told Reuters in September the two countries had made "no progress" on eliminating North Korea's nuclear programs, the president said during a Sept. 30 rally that he and Kim "fell in love" after the leader wrote him "beautiful letters".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "had a good meeting with Chairman Kim today in Pyongyang", Trump tweeted.

On his way to Asia, Pompeo stuck to his guns, indicating that the spirit of the June agreement between Trump and Kim at Singapore in June was that "we will get to denuclearization in a fully verified, irreversible way, and then we will actually deliver on the commitments to make this brighter future for the North Korean people".

"Thank you for hosting", Mr Pompeo said.

Pompeo was scheduled to meet Kim earlier in August, but Trump asked his top diplomat to call off the trip at the time, citing insufficient progress on denuclearisation.

Pompeo and Moon also said they hoped a second Trump-Kim summit would happen soon.

"It's a very nice day that promises a good future for both countries", Kim said through an interpreter at the dining table.

Back in 2000, then-secretary of state Madeline Albright went to North Korea to meet with then-leader Kim Jong-il to potentially set up an even bigger summit: between Kim and President Bill Clinton. The steps they've taken so far - beginning to dismantle a key missile engine test site and blowing up the tunnels to a nuclear site - have been without worldwide inspectors present to verify, and could be reversed.

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The regime's largest trading partners, China and Russian Federation, have been working together to argue for the removal of certain United Nations sanctions because North Korea has not tested a ballistic missile or nuclear device since past year.

"As president Trump said, there are many steps along the way and we took one of them today", he said before the meeting.

"You have to question why North Korea is pushing so hard for that end-of-war declaration", he told an event at Washington's Carnegie Institute for International Peace.

On the flight to Tokyo, Pompeo said his aim was to "develop sufficient trust" between Washington and Pyongyang to inch towards peace.

Shortly after landing at Osan Air Base south of Seoul, Pompeo posted a photograph of himself meeting with Kim, with their top aides in the background.

There, he is due to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul before proceeding to Beijing for talks with the Chinese government. A report published Thursday by North Korea monitoring group 38 North, a project of the Stimson Center, observed no new dismantlement activity at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station-a site associated with North Korean missile technology-but noted that "the lack of activity could be for a number of reasons" and that it "should not be interpreted as meaning that Pyongyang will not follow through on its pledge".

South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-wha has given a hint of what a grand bargain between the two countries could look like.

North Korea also said it might dismantle its main Nyongbyon nuclear complex if the United States takes unspecified corresponding measures.

"This is a busy time diplomatically", said Al Jazeera's McBride.

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