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Pompeo to travel to meet Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang next week

Pompeo to travel to meet Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang next week

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to North Korea this weekend where he will meet with dictator Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on Sunday, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert announced Tuesday.

A commentary on North Korea's official KCNA news agency this week, however, said the declaration should have been resolved half a century ago and it could never be a bargaining chip to persuade it to denuclearize.

Pompeo is expected to lay the groundwork for a second U.S.

This will be Pompeo's fourth visit to North Korea since he became secretary of state.

Trump has nevertheless appeared keen on a second summit with Kim, even though recent North Korean statements have suggested the two sides are far from narrowing their differences. "Things stand firmly in place, such as the sanctions ... remain in place".

USA negotiators have tried to get North Korea to provide a list of nuclear facilities and weapons they want dismantled but it failed to secure an agreement even after Trump's meeting with Kim and three trips to North Korea by Pompeo.

Choe is considered a counterpart to Stephen Biegun, U.S. special representative for North Korea, in working-level talks proposed by the United States.

The North entered talks with the United States and South Korea earlier this year, saying it's willing to negotiate away its advancing nuclear arsenal.

At a campaign rally on Saturday, Trump said he and Kim "fell in love", adding "he wrote me handsome letters".

More than 160 South Koreans headed to Pyongyang Thursday to attend a ceremony to mark the 11th anniversary of the 2007 inter-Korean summit.

For now, Pompeo may explore how serious North Korea is in its offer to dismantle Yongbyon, and what it wants in return; and then to decide if that represents a sound basis for another meeting between Trump and Kim, something both leaders appear keen to make happen. "We fell in love", he said.

"He said he wanted to achieve complete denuclearization as soon as possible and focus on economic development", Moon told the Times. He will also travel to Japan, South Korea and China on his swing through Asia, she said.

Separately, South Korea is proposing that the United States hold off on a demand for an inventory of North Korea's nuclear weapons and accept the verified closure of a key North Korean nuclear facility as a next step in the negotiations, Seoul's top diplomat said in an interview with The Washington Post. -North Korea relations, "especially if it were to go badly".

"I am not going to characterize our relationship with China in any one of those three ways, but relationships can ebb and flow over time, so we certainly have a lot to talk about with the government of China".