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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ‘to visit North Korea next week’

His trip would mark the first to North Korea since US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held their June 12 summit in Singapore

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 June, 2018, 11:19pm
UPDATED : Friday, 29 June, 2018, 5:00am

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to travel to North Korea next week to discuss the country’s denuclearisation plans, the Financial Times reported on Thursday, citing four people familiar with his plans.

A State Department official said Pompeo had postponed a meeting with his Indian counterpart in Washington on July 6 but would not confirm that he did so in order to fly to Pyongyang, saying there were “no travels plans to announce at this time”.

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Pompeo’s visit would mark the first to North Korea since US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held their June 12 summit in Singapore.

On Wednesday, Pompeo told lawmakers he was confident that North Korea understood the scope of the US desire for complete denuclearisation as the two countries negotiate after the summit.

“We’ve been pretty unambiguous in our conversations about what we mean when we say complete denuclearisation,” Pompeo told a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing on funding for the State Department.

Trump has drawn some criticism from national security analysts for an agreement that emerged from the summit that had few details on how Pyongyang would surrender its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

A day after that summit Trump said on Twitter there “is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea”.

Pompeo characterised the situation by telling the Senate subcommittee that “we have reduced risk.”

Critics in the United States said the agreement from the Trump-Kim meeting was short on detail and that Trumphad made too many concessions to Kim, especially agreeing to stop military exercises with South Korea, which the North has long sought.

Additional reporting by Zhenhua Lu