On Sunday, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said that he will meet Chairman Kim in Pyongyang to continue to work on the commitments of Singapore Summit for denuclearization of North Korea. Pompeo is on his fourth visit to North Korea in less than a year.
Mike Pompeo is on visit to Japan, North Korea, South Korea and China. He arrived in Tokyo on Saturday and had meeting with Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe. He left for North Korea on Sunday and will reach to South Korea by the Sunday evening.
Pompeo wrote on Twitter, “Next stop #Pyongyang to meet with Chairman Kim and continue our work to fulfill the commitments made @potus and Chairman Kim at the #singaporesummit”.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) October 6, 2018
On the way to Tokyo, Pompeo told reporters that the aim of his visit is “to make sure we understand what each side is truly trying to achieve”.
He also expressed hope that he will be able to finalize the “general date and location” for the second summit between the US President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim for further progress on denuclearization talks.
President Trump and Chairman Kim had their summit at Singapore on June 12 and signed a vague agreement on denuclearization.
Earlier on Wednesday, Pompeo said that sanctions will continue on North Korea until complete denuclearization is achieved. Pompeo’ remarks came after North Korean Foreign Minister said in his speech at United Nations General Assembly that disarmament and denuclearization on North Korea can not happen until US builds trust.
US’ ally in the region Japan also considers North Korean missiles and nuclear weapons a threat to its national security.
Earlier South Korean Foreign Minister said that North Korea will destroy its main nuclear facility if US declares end-of-war.