Published: Sat, October 06, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Pompeo to meet with Kim Jong Un on Sunday, State Department announces

Pompeo to meet with Kim Jong Un on Sunday, State Department announces

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is now scheduled to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sunday where the men are expected to negotiate another summit between Trump and Kim.

The official Korean Central News Agency on Tuesday said that a peace treaty "can never be a bargaining chip", calling an end to war "not just a gift from one man to another".

In the September 19 written statement, Pompeo had announced talks with North Korean officials involving him and newly appointed US envoy Stephen Biegun.

Pompeo's last trip to North Korea did not go well.

Pompeo will be pushing for progress on achieving the goal of denuclearisation that Trump and Kim agreed to only in vague terms at their summit in Singapore.

"I think it shows forward progress and momentum that the secretary is making his fourth trip back in less than a year", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told a briefing, referring to the Pyongyang stop. "Things stand firmly in place, such as the sanctions ... remain in place".

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sounded an upbeat tone on Wednesday as he talked about his upcoming trip to North Korea and the progress he expected to make towards the denuclearisation of the country.

It will be the fourth trip by Pompeo to longtime USA pariah North Korea as the Trump administration looks to end its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Earlier that day, North Korea's Ri struck a different tone, telling the United Nations that continued US sanctions were deepening Pyongyang's mistrust in the United States and there was no way the country would disarm unilaterally under such circumstances. 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".

At a campaign rally on Saturday, Trump said he and Kim "fell in love", adding "he wrote me handsome letters".

Trump paints rapprochement with North Korea as a signature foreign policy achievement, although critics question whether Kim would really give up nuclear weapons which his dynasty has defiantly pursued for decades. North Korea said it would allow outside experts to observe the dismantling of a missile engine test site and a rocket launch pad, and might dismantle its main Nyongbyon nuclear complex if the United States takes unspecified corresponding measures.

In addition to government officials, the South Korean delegation includes lawmakers, civic and religious leaders and the son of late South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun, who participated in the 2007 summit with North Korea's then-leader Kim Jong Il, the father of current ruler Kim Jong Un.

More than 160 South Koreans headed to Pyongyang Thursday to attend a ceremony to mark the 11th anniversary of the 2007 inter-Korean summit.

The meeting comes days after North and South Korea announced their joint mission to remove landmines and other anti-personnel devices from the de-militarized zone between both countries; sparking hopes of potential end to the 70-year-long conflict. He will also travel to Japan, South Korea and China on his swing through Asia, she said.

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