Pompeo hopes Trump and Kim meet for third time ‘soon’
The second meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korea chairman Kim Jong-un that was held in Vietnam in February, collapsed as they left Hanoi without a deal or even a final statement. The White House, however, does not appear to have abandoned hopes for a breakthrough in denuclearising the Korean Peninsula, APAreports citing Sputnik.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is “confident” that the current US president and North Korean head of state will hold a third summit to reach an agreement about wrapping up the DPRK’s nuclear programme after the failure in February.
Although, Pompeo did not name any particular date in his interview with "CBS This Morning”, he said that he hoped it would happen soon and that both Trump and Kim could have
talks “in the coming months… in a way that we can achieve a substantive first step or a substantive big step along the path to denuclearisation’. He also revealed that current North-South and US –DPRK diplomatic channels have remained open despite the result of the previous meetings.
Pompeo noted that although "we didn't get as far as the world is demanding”, both Trump and Kim ended their second summit, which took place in February and failed to achieve any agreement, with a "deeper understanding of each other”.
"The positions that the two sides had, the two leaders were able to make progress in that respect”, he said.
According to the top US diplomat, the White House is "convinced the North Koreans are determined as well" to reach an agreement about North Korea giving up its nuclear weapons in exchange for the US lifting sanctions.
"Chairman Kim has promised me, he's promised President Trump he will denuclearise, now it's the mission of my team to make sure that happens”, he said, also noting that Washington states "incredibly clear" that economic sanctions on Pyongyang "will not be lifted until our ultimate objective is achieved”.
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