Pompeo, Kim agree on second summit between US-North Korea leaders at earliest date
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to hold a second summit with US President Donald Trump as soon as possible, South Korea's presidential office said in a statement on Sunday.
“Next stop Pyongyang to meet with Chairman Kim and continue our work to fulfil the commitments made (by) POTUS and Chairman Kim," Pompeo tweeted, using an acronym to refer to president of the United States, Donald Trump.
The United States Secretary of State arrived in Pyongyang on the same day when he had a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un to discuss denuclearization process. The trip was Pompeo's fourth to Pyongyang.
On the flight to Tokyo, Pompeo said his aim was to “develop sufficient trust” between Washington and Pyongyang to move toward peace, adding that, “We are also going to set up the next summit.”
However, he played down the prospects of a breakthrough. Pompeo said: “I doubt we will get it nailed but begin to develop options for both location and timing for when Chairman Kim will meet with the president again. Maybe we will get further than that.”
Trump and Kim held their first meeting in Singapore on June 12, signing a broadly-worded document on mutual goals. Talks between the two sides have had little progress since then.
Pyongyang says Washington has betrayed the spirit of the June summit by making unilateral demands for denuclearization first without taking any reciprocal measures, including for past North Korean goodwill steps.
Trump cancelled a previously planned trip by Pompeo to Pyongyang over what he described as insufficient progress toward implementing the terms of the Singapore document.
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told the United Nations last month that continued sanctions against his country were deepening the rift of mistrust with the US and there was no way Pyongyang would abandon its nuclear weapons unilaterally under such circumstances.