PYONGYANG, North Korea – The Latest on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to North Korea (all times local):
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived in Pyongyang on his third trip to the North Korean capital and his first since President Donald Trump held a summit with leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12.
Pompeo is to hold talks Friday and Saturday before leaving Pyongyang for Japan on his first around-the-world tour as Washington’s top diplomat.
He is expected to focus on fleshing out the specifics of a denuclearization process for the North and ways to improve relations between the two nations, including the possible return of the remains of U.S. GIs who were killed during the 1950-52 Korean War.
Pompeo met with Kim directly ion both of his previous trips — in May ahead of the Trump-Kim summit and in early April while he was director of the CIA.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that on his visit Friday to North Korea he will be looking to “fill in some details” on the commitments made by Kim Jong Un at his historic summit with President Donald Trump last month.
Pompeo arrived for a refueling stop at Yokota Air Base in Japan on his way to Pyongyang for the third time since April and his first since the June 12 summit.
Pompeo says Trump and Kim made commitments on “complete denuclearization” and outlined what a transformed U.S.-North Korean relationship could look like.
He adds, “On this trip I’m seeking to fill in some details on those commitments and continue the momentum toward implementation of what the two leaders promised each other and the world.”
He says he expects the North is “ready to do the same.”
The State Department is pushing back against suggestions the Trump administration has softened its stance on North Korea as the top U.S. diplomat traveled to Pyongyang for crucial nuclear talks and the president reiterated his belief that Kim Jong Un is sincere about changing his country.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due in the North Korean capital Friday.
He will be pressing for North Korea to take concrete action to back up its broad commitment to “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula made at the June 12 summit between Kim and President Donald Trump.