Pompeo meets North Koreans, hopes to 'fill in' details on denuclearisation

Posted July 08, 2018

Regarding fears that the USA may have softened its expectations in the denuclearization process, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert - who is accompanying Pompeo to Pyongyang - said their policy had not changed and that they are "committed to a denuclearized North Korea".

Citing multiple diplomatic sources, Kyodo News reported that a team of North Korean diplomats has been sent to Geneva, Bern and Davos to look at conference halls and hotels as potential venues for its denuclearisation talks with the US. Trump asked if he knew the song, and Kim replied that he didn't.

Neither the White House nor the Department of State immediately responded to requests for comments.

Landing at a Pyongyang airport, he was greeted by Kim Yong-chol, one of leader Kim Jong-un's top aides, according to foreign news reports.

Hoffman ended by saying negotiations with the Soviet Union under President Reagan took years to play out and the situation with North Korea is still in its early days. A State Department official told ABC News that if the meetings go well, they assume Pompeo will meet with the dictator, but they're still not sure. "Our policy toward North Korea has not changed, we're committed to a denuclearized North Korea".

"But for eight months there's been not one rocket or missile launch or there hasn't been a nuclear test", Trump offered on progress with North Korea. Located a short drive from the massive mausoleum where North Korea's former leader Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie in state, the guesthouse is part of a complex that includes handsome grounds with gardens and a lake.

No further meetings between the two leaders have been scheduled since their historic talks in Singapore last month, but rumours are swirling that the U.S. could hold out the possibility of another meeting as a "carrot" to encourage the North Koreans to meet their commitment to denuclearize. This will be Pomeo's third trip to Pyongyang, and his first since the Singapore summit.

From left, Lisa Kenna, Alex Wong, Mike Pompeo, Sung Kim, and Allison Hooker in Pyongyang, North Korea, July 6, 2018.

As it happens, Elton John also came up at Trump's campaign rally in Montana Thursday night.

In possible pursuit of a more realistic goal, the Trump administration has started formally using the term "final, fully-verified dismantlement (FFVD)" of the North's nuclear program.

North Korea is looking for a place in Switzerland to hold its second summit with the United States, according to a Japanese news report on Friday (July 6).