N Korea: Kim Jong-un expects ‘great progress’ after Pompeo talks

09-Oct-2018 Intellasia | The Guardian | 6:00 AM Print This Post

North Korea leader says relations with US would continue to develop and he and Donald Trump ‘look forward’ to second summit

Kim Jong-un has said he expects “great progress would surely be made” on issues between North Korea and the US after secretary of state Mike Pompeo visited Pyonyang for “productive and wonderful talks”.

Kim “explained in detail the proposals for solving the denuclearisation issue”, according to paraphrased remarks reported by the official Korean Central News Agency, but neither side has revealed those plans.

Kim also said he was confident relations between the two countries would “continue to develop favourably in the future” and expected a second summit with Donald Trump to be held “sooner or later”.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talks with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha after arriving in Seoul later on Sunday. (Reuters)

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talks with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha after arriving in Seoul later on Sunday. (Reuters)

The two countries will soon begin talks to negotiate the particulars of the meeting, following the historic summit in Singapore in June, according to South Korea’s presidential office which was briefed by US officials.

“I look forward to seeing Chair Kim again, in the near future,” Trump tweeted saying Pompeo had a “good meeting”.

Kim is expected visit Russia soon and Chinese president Xi Jinping may make a trip to North Korea, according to remarks by South Korean president Moon Jae-in who met with Pompeo late Sunday.

Pompeo and Kim met for two hours, followed by a 90-minute lunch. Pompeo posted a photo of himself walking with Kim on his Twitter account.

The visit followed a third meeting between Kim and the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, that suggested an increasingly close relationship between the two Koreas. Kim has repeatedly said he is committed to the “complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”, but the pledge has been criticised as overly vague by observers.

It is unclear if Trump could persuade Kim to relinquish his nuclear arsenal in a second meeting. North Korea has resisted calls for unilateral denuclearisation, slammed the US for continued sanctions pressure and demanded Washington make “corresponding” concessions.

“Thank you for hosting, president Trump sends his regards,” Pompeo said on Sunday. “And we had a very successful morning, so thank you and I am looking forward to our time here at lunch as well.”

“It’s a very nice day that promises a good future for both countries,” Kim said at lunch, speaking through a translator.

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The trip was Pompeo’s fourth since March. An earlier visit planned for August was cancelled at the last minute as talks stalled. After his last trip in July, North Korea denounced his behaviour as “gangster like”.

An unnamed US official accompanying Pompeo said Sunday’s talks were “better than the last time”, but added: “It’s going to a long haul.”

“Had a good trip to #Pyongyang to meet with Chair Kim,” Pompeo wrote on Twitter. “We continue to make progress on agreements made at Singapore summit.”

Harry Kazianis, the director of defence studies at the centre for the National Interest, said that given the limited time, there was no way that Kim and Pompeo had “achieved any major breakthroughs”, but said progress may have been achieved on a second US-North Korean summit.

“Trump will likely be tempted to hold such a summit quickly and possibly even in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang to make history and drive headlines, pointing to another success right before the midterm elections”, which are scheduled for early November, he said.

Pompeo arrived in Seoul later on Sunday after his meeting with Kim and briefed Moon on the outcome.

“As president Trump said, there are many steps along the way, and we took one of them today,” Pompeo said. “It was another step forward. So this is, I think, a good outcome for all of us.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/07/mike-pompeo-upbeat-on-successful-morning-in-north-korea

 


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