Nobel Peace Prize Awarded To Denis Mukwege And Nadia Murad

Nobel Peace Prize Awarded To Denis Mukwege And Nadia Murad

Nobel Peace Prize Awarded To Denis Mukwege And Nadia Murad

In Pyongyang, Pompeo and Kim met for about 3 1/2 hours, first in a business session and then in a 90-minute luncheon that the North Korean leader hosted at a state guesthouse, according to the pool report from the lone USA journalist allowed to accompany Pompeo on his Asia trip.

Pompeo said "he agreed with Chairman Kim to hold the second US-North Korea summit at the earliest date possible", South Korea's presidential office said in a statement, although no specific time or location has yet been agreed.

But choosing Kim may have been a step too far for the Norwegian committee, given the UN's damning verdict on North Korea's "long-standing and ongoing systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights".

In Tokyo on Saturday, Pompeo promised he would bring up Japan's concerns about North Korea's alleged abductions of Japanese citizens and its nuclear ambitions.

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 in Singapore that many had hoped would jump-start the effort. "Thank you for hosting, President Trump sends his regards".

While in Pyongyang, Pompeo was expected to lay the groundwork for a second summit between Kim and the US President.

Since the Singapore summit, the road towards warmer ties has been bumpy.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho told the United Nations General Assembly at the end of last month that "coercive" sanctions were lethal to trust-building between the two nations. However, details of Sunday's discussions have not been made public yet.

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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 called off Pompeo's planned visit to the North in late August citing lack of progress.

Mr Pompeo travelled on to South Korea for a meeting with President Moon Jae-in following his meeting in Pyongyang.

A government spokesman said "we have not always been in agreement" and said Mr Mukwege has had a tendency to "politicise" his humanitarian work but added that "we salute that a compatriot is recognised".

"I am really pleased for this opportunity".

Analysts say Washington may now consider new options as China, Russia and South Korea seek to relax sanctions.

Absent sanctions relief, North Korea has rejected turning over what Washington really wants in return: a complete inventory of its nuclear and ballistic missile facilities that could be used by global inspectors to verify they have been dismantled.

In an interview with the Washington Post, she said the North could agree to dismantle Yongbyon, its signature nuclear site.

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