WASHINGTON / SEOUL (Reuters) – Kim Jong-un and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have “refined the options” for the venue and date of a second summit between the North Korean leader and Donald Trump, said Sunday the US State Department.
The announcement of this second-summit project between Kim and Trump was made after the fourth visit of Mike Pompeo to Pyongyang where he met with the North Korean leader for two hours before a lunch.
The State Department adds that Kim has invited inspectors to visit the Punggye Ri nuclear test center to ensure that it has been “irreversibly dismantled”.
In a message on Twitter, Donald Trump welcomed this meeting between Pompeo and Kim.
“Secretary Pompeo had a good meeting with North Korea’s Labor Party President Kim today in Pyongyang, progress is being made on the Singapore summit agreements, and I look forward to seeing President Kim again. in the near future, “wrote the US president.
Pompeo and Kim agreed that the organization of the second summit between North Korea and the United States should take place “as soon as possible,” a spokesman for the South Korean presidency said Sunday.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in met with the head of US diplomacy after the latter’s visit to Pyongyang that day.
Pompeo told Moon that he had discussed with Kim the steps of denuclearization undertaken by North Korea and the issue of control over these measures, said South Korean presidential spokeswoman Yoon Young-chan.
Pompeo and Kim also agreed to create a “near-date” working group to discuss the denuclearization process and the second summit between Donald Trump and the North Korean leader.
The two men met on June 12 in Singapore.
“Secretary Pompeo said that he and leader Kim had agreed that there would be a second US-North Korea summit as soon as possible,” Yoon said. “Both parties also agree to continue the discussions to decide a timetable and a venue for this second summit”.
Faced with South Korean enthusiasm, Mike Pompeo has adopted a more cautious tone, calling his fourth trip to North Korea “another step forward” on the road to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
He said he had “a productive interview” with Kim Jong-un while recalling that much remained to be done.
“As President Trump has said, he has many steps on this path and we have crossed one today,” said Pompeo to Moon. “It’s a new step forward, and I think it’s a good thing for everyone.”