Pompeo voices hope for resumption of talks with N. Korea soon

WASHINGTON, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has expressed hope that negotiations with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program will resume soon, citing North Korean leader Kim Jongun's earlier commitment, his office said Friday.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jongun agreed to resume workinglevel talks when they held a surprise meeting at the interKorean border village of Panmunjom on June 30.

According to diplomatic sources, Washington has recently proposed to the North the holding of a workinglevel meeting, but Pyongyang has yet to respond.

In an interview with EWTNTV on Wednesday, Pompeo said that North Korean leader Kim Jongun said that in several weeks, he would put his workinglevel team back together, according to a transcript provided by the State Department.

We can denuclearize North Korea in a way that we can verify and the world can get comfortable that that's really taken place, and then there's real opportunity for the North Korean people to live a better, brighter future, he added.

Negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea ground to a halt after a second TrumpKim summit in Vietnam in February ended without headway.

Asked about Kim's warning of the possible resumption of weapons testing in case the U.S. and South Korea continue military exercises, the secretary said the U.S. is doing exactly what President Trump promised Chairman Kim we would do with respect to those exercises, and expressed confidence that such conversations are going to continue.

Earlier this week, the North's foreign ministry warned that if South Korean and the U.S. go ahead with planned joint exercise planned in around August, it will affect the workinglevel nuclear talks between Washington.

Source: Yonhap news Agency

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