Pompeo to meet Kim Jong Un in fresh visit

Pompeo to meet Kim Jong Un in fresh visit

Pompeo to meet Kim Jong Un in fresh visit

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on Sunday, the State Department announced Tuesday.

A commentary on North Korea's official KCNA news agency this week, however, said the declaration should have been resolved half a century ago and it could never be a bargaining chip to persuade it to denuclearize.

Analysts speculated the USA and North Korea may already have reached a consensus to some extent over denuclearization methods and a declaration ending the war.

Many foreign experts say North Korea are likely running additional secret uranium-enrichment plants.

Following the initial announcement, Trump said the summit will happen "fairly quickly" and showed reporters a new missive he had received from Kim, describing it as an "extraordinary letter".

"We've made more progress than has been made in an awfully long time and, importantly, we have done so in conditions which continue to give us the opportunity to achieve the final goal", Pompeo said. But he added that much work remains to be done and that the sanctions against North Korea will stay in place "until denuclearization occurs".

Pompeo was invited to visit Pyongyang this month during a September 26 meeting with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho.

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This will be Pompeo's fourth visit to North Korea since spring. In recent weeks, North Korea has demanded nearly daily that the United States sign an end-of-war declaration.

The leaders of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) are engaging in peace efforts, which have been met with skepticism from other countries, including the United States.

"Without any trust in the USA, there will be no confidence in our national security", Ri Yong Ho said, "and under such circumstances there is no way we will unilaterally disarm ourselves first". During the war, American-led United Nations forces defended the South from the Communist troops of North Korea and China.

Pompeo is expected to lay the groundwork for a second summit between President Donald Trump and Kim.

Washington has requested that North Korea provide a complete inventory of its weapons programs before they will take any measures toward peace, according to an October 1 Reuters article. The delegation flew to North Korea on Thursday for a joint celebration of the anniversary of a 2007 summit and to possibly hold further peace talks.

Pompeo's trip to China comes at a time of deteriorating relations and tit-for-tat tariffs sparked by Trump's accusations of unfair Chinese trade practices.

Trump last week slapped $200 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods and has accused Beijing of interfering in the upcoming USA election because of his hard line on trade.

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