Trump, Kim recent meeting “given us another chance to sit down, have another conversation” – Pompeo

WASHINGTON, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said late Monday that President Donald Trump’s recent meeting with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has given them a chance “to sit down with them and have another conversation.” In a radio interview on the ‘Sean Hannity Show’, Pompeo said, “the President’s visit to North Korea, where he went across into North Korea for the first time a president had done that, has given us another chance to sit down with them and have another conversation.” He added, “I hope the North Koreans will come to the table with ideas that they didn’t have the first time. We hope we can we be a little more creative too.” He reiterated that Trump’s “mission hasn’t changed: to fully and finally denuclearize North Korea in a way that we can verify. That’s the mission set for these negotiations.

“I hope their meeting can put us on the right path to get that deal done,” he remarked.

Following their meeting, Trump had touted in a tweet that “we had a great meeting” and that “in the meantime, our teams will be meeting to work on some solutions to very long term and persistent problems.” The first summit between Trump and Kim in Singapore in June 2018 yielded an agreement to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in exchange for US security guarantees but negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang have been at an impasse since the no-deal summit between the two leaders in Vietnam in February.

Source: Kuwait News Agency