Pompeo to meet Kim Jong Un in fresh visit

South Koreans head North for 2007 summit anniversary

Pompeo to meet Kim Jong Un in fresh visit

Washington, Oct 3 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would travel to Pyongyang next week to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, his spokesperson said on Tuesday.

While Moon continues to talk with President Donald Trump, urging him to make peace with North Korea, North Korea plans to take a stronger stance in negotiations with the United States and suggested that Pyongyang will renounce denuclearization until the Korean War is formally brought to an end.

"Of course, we have quite a ways to go but we look forward to the next steps in this conversation".

Pompeo said last month that the North Koreans had been invited to such a meeting in the wake of the third summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim.

Mr Kim, who as leader has rarely travelled outside of North Korea, met with Mr Trump in June in Singapore in the first summit between the two countries that have never signed a formal treaty to end the 1950-53 Korean War.

He is also scheduled to visit Japan (Saturday) and China (Monday) and meet his counterparts there.

North Korea said it would allow outside experts to observe the dismantling of a missile engine test site and a rocket launch pad, and might dismantle its main Nyongbyon nuclear complex if the United States takes unspecified corresponding measures.

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Choe is a veteran diplomat who was once involved in now-stalled multilateral talks on North Korea's denuclearization and represented her country in negotiations with the United States.

Referring to a previous verification effort in 2008, Kang said that demanding an inventory of North Korea's nuclear assets risks, at this stage, derailing the process.

"Without any trust in the USA there will be no confidence in our national security and under such circumstances there is no way we will unilaterally disarm ourselves first", he said in a Saturday speech at the annual United Nations meeting. "No, really - he wrote me attractive letters, and they're great letters", he said.

It will be the fourth trip by Mr Pompeo to long-time USA pariah North Korea as the Trump administration looks to end its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. He said there's continuing worldwide support for economic sanctions to remain on North Korea in the meantime. "The government in North Korea is pressured by the poor economy and is trying to solve this problem by opening up their market".

"That shows the president's commitment to agreement that he and Chairman Kim made at the Singapore summit", she said. "He made it clear that Kim Jong Un was determined to ensure the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

"We have a very good relationship".

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