Pompeo to travel to N. Korea Oct. 7, meet Kim

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left is preparing his fourth trip to North Korea where he will meet leader Kim Jong Un

State Secretary Pompeo Traveling to North Korea Sunday to Meet Kim KCNA VIA KNS AFP KCNA VIA KNS2 Oct 2018

Kang told reporters Thursday that she expects the US and North Korea will hold concrete discussions on a denuclearization process while keeping in mind the possibility of bringing their leaders together again. They held the first-ever summit between a United States and a North Korean leader in June.

Choe is expected to seek support from China and Russian Federation, both traditional allies of North Korea, as Pyongyang envisions advancing denuclearization talks with Washington.

Prior to visiting Pyongyang, Pompeo will stop in Japan Saturday and Sunday for talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Kono.

On Saturday, Mr Trump lavished praise on Mr Kim - considered by human rights groups to be one of the world's most repressive leaders - and said they had fallen "in love" after an exchange of letters.

North Korea has complained on a weekly basis about the continued U.S. and worldwide sanctions placed on the country, and on Thursday said the measures were a "source of mistrust".

After a summit between the leaders of the two Koreas last month, Kim said he was prepared to permanently dismantle his country's main nuclear site, but only if the United States also took "corresponding steps" to build trust.

Negotiations between the two sides have since stalled as the USA demands concrete steps toward denuclearization and the North insists on first declaring an end to the 1950-53 Korean War. Washington has also resisted calls to relax tough global sanctions.

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This will be Pompeo's fourth visit to North Korea since he became secretary of state. In response, North Korea stated that declaring the end of the 1950-1953 Korean War "can never be a bargaining chip". -North Korea consensus on denuclearization is critical in meeting this commitment.

He made an earlier trip there, in April, when he was director of the Central Intelligence Agency. I repeated it but it was a comment that had been made by the leaders who had their inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang. "That that can only help us to achieve our final goal". "But the problem is that the continued sanctions are deepening our mistrust", he said. That was Kim and Moon's third meeting this year as they work to resolve the nuclear standoff following a torrid run of North Korean nuclear and missile tests. "Our policy has not changed".

Trump said last week that a second meeting would happen "in the not too distant future" and that a date and venue would be announced soon. Last week, Trump accused China of seeking to meddle in the November 6 USA congressional elections, saying it did not want his Republican Party to do well.

Analysts speculated the USA and North Korea may already have reached a consensus to some extent over denuclearization methods and a declaration ending the war.

"I think it shows forward progress and momentum that the secretary is making his fourth trip back in less than a year", Nauert said.

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