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"Had a good trip to Pyongyang to meet with Chairman Kim", Pompeo tweeted.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in met Pompeo after the top U.S. diplomat's trip to Pyongyang earlier in the day, which included a meeting with Kim.

Pompeo has repeatedly refused to discuss details of negotiations, including a U.S. position on North Korea's demand for a declared end to the Korean War and a proposal from Seoul for such a declaration to be accompanied by a shutdown of the North's main known nuclear facility. -South Korea alliance and secure the withdrawal of the 28,500 USA troops based in the South.

"The two sides will form working-level negotiation teams to discuss North Korea's denuclearization process and Trump-Kim summit schedule", Yoon said. -North Korea summit "at the earliest possible date", according to a statement issued by Moon's chief press secretary, Yoon Young-chan.

While Seoul sounded upbeat, Pompeo struck a more cautious tone. He said they would develop options, if not finalize, the location and timing of a second Trump-Kim summit. "It was another step forward".

'Then we are also going to set up the next summit, ' said Pompeo.

Trump appeared hopeful on Sunday. "After having a nice meeting we can enjoy a meal together", Kim said. The leaders hailed major agreements toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, but little progress, if any, has been made since. He added he "look [ed] forward to seeing Chairman Kim again, in the near future".

In August, Trump himself said the denuclearization process was moving less smoothly than he'd hoped, and he abruptly cancelled a planned Pompeo trip to North Korea because of this concern. "I hope Secretary Pompeo's North Korea visit and the upcoming second U.S".

An American official who accompanied Pompeo said Sunday that the trip was "better than the last time", referring to the secretary's trip there in July, according to a pool report. -North Korea diplomatic contact since the June summit between the leaders of the two countries in Singapore. Pompeo has insisted that sanctions on North Korea should remain in place until the country completely dismantles its nuclear program.

But the inter-Korean agreement again failed to stipulate any plans called for by the United States, such as to declare a list of its nuclear weapons, facilities and materials, or a concrete timeline for denuclearization.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told the United Nations last month that continued sanctions are deepening the North's mistrust of the United States and there is no way Pyongyang will give up its nuclear weapons unilaterally under such circumstances.

After Tokyo, Pompeo travels to Pyongyang and then on to South Korea, whose dovish president Moon Jae-in has served as a go-between for the two sides.

Kim said he believed the dialogue between the two countries would continue to develop favorably "based on the deep confidence between the two leaders of the two countries", and expressed gratitude to Trump for making a honest effort to implement the agreement made at their historic June summit, KCNA said.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (left) walks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his trip to Pyongyang Sunday.

He added: "It's a very nice day that promises a good future. for both countries".

"Thank you for hosting, President Trump sends his regards".

"Yeah, so we had a great, great visit this morning", Pompeo replied.

Japan, which has seen North Korean missiles fly over its territory and been threatened with annihilation, has historically taken a hard line on Pyongyang and stressed the need to maintain pressure on the regime. Moon, who has met twice with Kim, asked Pompeo to make public as much information as he could about the trip.

Moon also expressed gratitude for Pompeo's visit to Seoul shortly after his Pyongyang trip, saying "the world's eyes are on the outcome" of their meeting.

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