Korean diplomat handling nuclear issues visiting China, Russia

Geraldine Edwards
October 7, 2018

Nuclear diplomacy later stalled due to suspicions over how honest North Korea is about its disarmament pledge, but U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to visit Pyongyang this month to set up a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Pompeo would also travel to Japan, South Korea and China on October 6-8 to brief them about his visit, she added.

Pompeo will be making his fourth trip to Pyongyang after an earlier visit in August was called off by Trump over what he called a lack of progress in denuclearization.

"It looks like we'll have a second summit quite soon", he said.

-North Korea summit that U.S. President Donald Trump said last week would be held "in the not too distant future".

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Pompeo's return to Pyongyang comes in line with his meeting with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly last week.

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.

He said Pyongyang had taken 'significant goodwill measures, ' such as halting nuclear and missile testing and dismantling a nuclear test site with no response from Washington.

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The DPRK on Saturday demanded the United States take steps to secure Pyongyang's trust before its denuclearization.

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While the president has boasted of his success in reducing tensions with North Korea, he said last week he did not want to "play the time game" with nuclear talks, and instructed Pompeo to avoid setting a timeline.

Rep. Kim Sam-hwa of the center-right Bareunmirae Party said it was every Korean's wish to establish a peace regime on the peninsula through North Korea's irreversible denuclearization. She said he would meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Kono in Tokyo and President Moon Jae-in and Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha in Seoul, while in Beijing he would meet counterparts to discuss "bilateral, regional and global issues".

While speaking at a rally in Wheeling, West Virginia, over the weekend, Trump said that he and Kim "fell in love".

The United States has nonetheless insisted on maintaining tight UN sanctions against North Korea during the diplomatic drive, while Beijing has said it is time to start easing sanctions.

KCNA said the Yongbyon nuclear facility, which the North expressed a willingness to take offline if the United States takes corresponding action, "is a core one for its nuclear programme". He said there's continuing global support for economic sanctions to remain on North Korea in the meantime. North Korea is clear to make sure that the United States understands that these feelings are very reciprocal.

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