Pompeo: 2nd U.S.-N. Korea summit may happen in October, but likely later

WASHINGTON, A second meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could happen in October, but will likely take place after that, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday.

Pompeo said in an interview with CBS that he will travel to Pyongyang “before too long” to lay the groundwork for that summit.

“It may happen in October, but more likely, sometime after that,” he said. “It takes a little while to put these together, and we want to make sure we’ve got the conditions just right so the two leaders can be successful.”

Trump and Kim met in Singapore in June to discuss the dismantlement of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs that pose a direct threat to the United States.

Kim committed to work toward “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula in exchange for security guarantees from the U.S.

Pompeo said Kim has consistently reaffirmed his intent to denuclearize in messages to Trump.

“He understands that, he understands the scope of that and what that means. He’s been very consistent in his commitment in delivering on that promise. We need to find our way forward to achieve that for the world,” he said.

The North Korean leader has committed to allow inspectors into the regime’s weapons testing sites, Pompeo added.

“We’re working our way towards making sure that this verification that we have talked about since the beginning — and many have been skeptical … We’re going to get this right, we’re going to deliver on this commitment that Chairman Kim has made to the world, and then there’s going to be a brighter future for the North Korean people,” he told CBS.

On whether Trump and Kim would sign a joint declaration to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War, Pompeo said it was hard to know, but still cited “real progress being made.”

Trump told reporters while entering the United Nations headquarters in New York that the date and location for the second summit will be announced “in the very near future.”

“They’re denuclearizing North Korea. We have a wonderful relationship going between our country and them,” he said.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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