Productive talks held between Pompeo, Kim

Washington D. C. [USA], Oct 8 : US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday held “productive discussions” with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during his visit to Pyongyang, with the latter inviting inspectors to the Punggye Ri nuclear test site to confirm that it has been dismantled. “Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo held productive discussions with Chairman Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang Sunday. Chairman Kim invited inspectors to visit the Punggye Ri nuclear test site to confirm that it has been irreversibly dismantled,” a statement from the US State Department read. The statement added that the Pompeo and Kim also reviewed four elements of the US-DPRK Singapore Summit Joint Statement signed by President Donald Trump and Kim and “agreed to instruct their respective working-level teams to meet soon to intensify discussions on the key remaining issues to deliver on the Singapore Summit Joint Statement.” The slated second summit between Trump and Kim was also among the talking points during their meeting, wherein they “refined options for the location and date of that next summit.” Pompeo was accompanied by Special Representative Stephen E. Biegun, while Kim was joined by the First Vice Director of the Korean Workers’ Party Central Committee – Kim Yo-jong during their meeting. “President Trump looks forward to continuing to build upon the trust established with Chairman Kim in Singapore and anticipates meeting again soon,” the statement concluded. Pompeo is currently in South Korea, where he arrived later on Sunday to hold meetings with President Moon Jae-in. During a meeting with Moon at the Blue House, Pompeo said that he and Kim had agreed to hold the second US-North Korea summit “at the earliest possible date.” Trump and Kim’s first summit was held earlier this year on June 12 in Singapore, which witnessed the signing of the joint declaration according to which the North Korean leader committed for “complete denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula”, while the US President pledged “security guarantees” to North Korea. On Monday, Pompeo will depart for Beijing to hold talks with high-ranking Chinese officials. (ANI)

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