Pompeo arrives in S. Korea after Pyongyang trip

SEOUL, Oct. 7 (Yonhap) — United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in South Korea Sunday after visiting Pyongyang earlier in the day for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Seoul officials said.

Pompeo will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha in Seoul to share the latest developments toward the denuclearization of North Korea and other related diplomatic issues.

Pompeo posted a photograph of himself meeting with Kim on Twitter after his plane arrived at Osan Air Base, a U.S. Air Force base south of Seoul.

“Had a good trip to #Pyongyang to meet with Chairman Kim,” Pompeo tweeted. “We continue to make progress on agreements made at Singapore Summit. Thanks for hosting me and my team @StateDept.”

Stephen Biegun, the U.S. Special Representative for North Korea, Kim Yo-jong, the North Korean leader’s younger sister, and Kim Song-hye, a senior North Korean official in charge of reunification, were seen behind Pompeo and Kim in the photo.

Pompeo’s fourth visit to Pyongyang came as leaders of the U.S. and North Korea plan to have a second meeting by the end of this year, following their landmark Singapore summit on June 12.

Before embarking on his Asia trip, Pompeo said he hoped to agree on a “general date and location” for a second U.S.-North Korea summit.

Pompeo visited Tokyo on Saturday and will head to Beijing before returning to the U.S. on Monday.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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