Mike Pompeo Meets Kim Jong Un in North Korea: Discusses Future Meeting with Trump, Denuclearization

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sunday, October 7, in the hope of progressing talks about denuclearization.

A brief video posted to Twitter by the state department showed Pompeo walking alongside Kim in Pyongyang. "Everything is great," Pompeo said as both men smiled broadly. Earlier in the day he tweeted: "We continue to make progress on agreements made at Singapore Summit."

It was agreed a second summit between the U.S. and North Korea would take place "as soon as possible," reported Reuters citing South Korea's presidential office. It was also agreed a working group would be formed to discuss the denuclearization process and a future Trump meeting.

The pair met in Pyongyang for more than three hours, The New York Times reported.

In June, Kim met with president Donald Trump in Singapore where an agreement was made to work toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and to facilitate closer talks in future. The relationship later stalled as a planned visit to the North by Pompeo fell through and a state newspaper accused the U.S. of "hatching a criminal plot to unleash a war against the DPRK."

But dialogue between the two countries' leaders appeared to have resumed in recent weeks. Trump told a West Virginia rally last month he "fellin love" with Kim over beautiful letters.

After his trip to the DPRK, Pompeo traveled to Seoul and met with president President Moon Jae-in and Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha. On Monday, he goes to Beijing to meet his counterparts and discuss "bilateral, regional, and global issues" according to his online itinerary.

.@SecPompeo meets Chairman Kim Jong Un in #Pyongyang on October 7, 2018. pic.twitter.com/Skx6VPYmdB

— Department of State (@StateDept) October 7, 2018

The brief says the trip will focus on the "final, fully verifiable, denuclearization of the DPRK, and longstanding commitment to our alliances and partnerships in the region." State department spokesperson, Heather Nauert, tweeted today that Pompeo had described his meeting with Kim as productive. "There will be many steps along the way and we took one of those today," he said.

On Friday, the secretary of state told reporters that the trip's mission was, in part, to build trust.

"I doubt we'll get it nailed, but [we will] begin to develop options for location and timing that chairman Kim will meet with the president again," he stated. "Maybe we'll get further than that."

"We're having conversations, moving conversations about how to achieve denuclearization," he added in response to questions about a future meeting between Kim and Trump. "The timing issues, the venue issues, those things all are material to delivering this fundamental transition between hostility on the peninsula and peace and well-being for the North Korean people."