Pompeo's 4th North Korean visit fuels optimism for denuclearization

Pompeo's 4th North Korean visit fuels optimism for denuclearization

Pompeo's 4th North Korean visit fuels optimism for denuclearization

The U.S. Department of State announced Tuesday that on his fourth visit to Pyongyang, Pompeo will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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.

On domestic affairs, Kim said her party would mainly work on issues related to employment, real estate and small businesses.

Is North Korea's timeline denuclearise for real? I repeated it but it was a comment that had been made by the leaders who had their inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang.

Ri Son Gwon, right, chairman of the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of North Korea, shakes hands with South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon at the Pyongyang Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.

This will be Pompeo's fourth visit to North Korea since spring.

National Foundation Day, also known as gaecheonjeol, is celebrated on October 3 in both the South and North to mark the establishment of the first Korean kingdom, Gojoseon, in 2333 B.C. The holiday is considered the founding date of the Korean race.

Speaking before a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in NY recently, Trump announced that himself and Kim will hold a second summit "in the not too distant future".

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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.

Nauert said the meetings in Japan, South Korea and China were meant to brief counterparts on the talks in Pyongyang.

After the trip to Pyongyang, Pompeo will head later Sunday to Seoul, where he will meet President Moon Jae-in, a dove who has helped spearhead the reconciliation efforts with North Korea. "Our policy has not changed".

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

He said in a statement last month the United States aimed for North Korean denuclearisation by that date, but a week later Trump said he did not have a time frame.

Earlier Tuesday, North Korea's official propaganda ministry accused the USA of "trying to subdue" it through sanctions, indicating that the Kim regime could see lifting such sanctions as a key bargaining chip in any talks over the future of North Korea's nuclear program. "I think if our leaders have relatively friendly relations, that that's a good thing", she said.

Trump last week slapped $200 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods and has accused Beijing of interfering in the upcoming U.S. election because of his hard line on trade.

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