Mike Pompeo ends 4th North Korea trip, meets Kim to push denuke effort
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday wrapped up his fourth visit to North Korea after meeting Kim Jong Un to seek elusive progress in efforts to persuade him to give up his nuclear weapons.
Pompeo tweeted on his arrival in Seoul that he had met with Kim and that they “continue to make progress on agreements made at Singapore Summit”.
He said: “Thanks for hosting me and my team.”
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) October 7, 2018
Pompeo had flown to Pyongyang from Tokyo after talks there with Japan’s prime minister during which he pledged the Trump administration would coordinate and unify its strategy for denuclearisation with allies. Japan has been wary of the initiative but South Korea has embraced it.
There’s been little visible progress since US President Donald Trump and Kim made a vague agreement at their historic June summit in Singapore on “denuclearisation” with the two sides deadlocked over seemingly inflexible demands about how to achieve it.