North Korean leader 'agrees to second summit with Trump'

Geraldine Edwards
October 8, 2018

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had made unspecified progress on Sunday toward an agreement for Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

South Korea's presidential office later said that Kim and Pompeo had agreed to arrange a second summit between the North and the United States "as soon as possible".

Kim and Pompeo met for about two hours, and then had lunch together at the Paekhwawon, or 100 Flowers Garden, a prestigious state guesthouse, for another hour and a half, according to a pool report. But Pompeo refused to reveal the details and said it will be only shared with President Moon.

In exchange, the United States would declare a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War - which concluded with an armistice rather than a full-blown peace treaty - but North Korea would stop short of delivering an exhaustive list of its nuclear facilities, she said.

But even USA ally South Korea is looking for exemptions on sanctions after Moon and Kim announced a list of inter-Korean projects to work on together when they met in September, including reopening roads and railways, and creating new economic zones.

"But with respect to our relationship with the Republic of Korea and Japan on this issue, I have found that we are in lockstep on the most important issues and how to approach them", Pompeo said.

Trump said, there are many steps along the way and we took one of them today.

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A U.S. government plane carrying Pompeo's delegation landed at the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, at around 5:15 pm. He then had a closed door 40-minute meeting with Moon.

South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-wha has given a hint of what a grand bargain between the two countries could look like.

Since the denuclearization effort got underway with a secret visit to the North by then-CIA chief Pompeo in April, there has been only limited progress, even since the June 12 Trump-Kim summit that many had hoped would jump-start the effort.

Moon also expressed gratitude for Pompeo's visit to Seoul shortly after his Pyongyang trip, saying "the world's eyes are on the outcome" of their meeting.

He added: "It's a very nice day that promises a good future. for both countries".

Pompeo came to Seoul as part of his trip to East Asian countries.

Pompeo had flown to Pyongyang from Tokyo after talks there with Japan's prime minister during which he pledged the Trump administration would coordinate and unify its strategy for denuclearization with allies.

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Moon had his own third summit with Kim last month in Pyongyang, which was partly meant to help salvage the stumbling negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington, after Trump, citing lack of progress, called off Pompeo's planned visit to the North in late August.

US State Secretary Mike Pompeo. "It's good to see you again", Pompeo said as they shook hands. "So we hope to, at least - I doubt we will get it nailed - but begin to develop options for both location and timing for when Chairman Kim will meet with the president again". Tension between the two governments also surfaced at last month's U.N. Security Council meeting when President Trump accused the Chinese government of trying to interfere in the U.S.'s upcoming midterm elections.

Pyongyang and Washington have clashed over the sequence of denuclearization measures and corresponding compensation - a repeat of past nuclear negotiations between the two countries.

Until recently, Pyongyang has appeared to be increasing its demands. He said Chinese leader Xi Jinping was also expected to travel to North Korea but did not elaborate further.

But several experts told ABC News that North Korea hadn't done enough yet to earn an end-of-war declaration, let alone a second Trump-Kim summit. "It is such an oxymoronic, two-faced behavior'".

This has been his third tour to the DPRK since he became the US secretary of state.

Pompeo said he wanted "a fully coordinated, unified view of how to proceed, which will be what is needed if we are going to be successful in denuclearizing North Korea".

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