Pompeo meets North Koreans, hopes to 'fill in' details on denuclearisation

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left Washington on Thursday bound for Pyongyang and his latest round of talks with Kim Jong Un on North Korea's nuclear arsenal.

South and North Korean basketball players took to the court Wednesday in Pyongyang for their first friendly game in 15 years, surrounded by thousands of North Koreans chanting "peace" and "prosperity".

In the flurry of diplomatic activity that followed, it was South Korean diplomats who conveyed Kim Jong Un's desire to meet Trump. "I would hope it's two or three months from now", Morell said.

Trump and Kim's historic summit produced a handshake and a signed agreement between the two countries but offered little specifics for how the North would go along with the "complete denuclearization" goal the usa has set.

Also high on the agenda is the issue of remains, in North Korea, of U.S. soldiers missing from the 1950-53 war.

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Citing "sources in Washington", the paper said Trump signed the CD with a message for Kim, since the song came up in conversation during their summit last month.

Both issues are considered essential tests of whether Kim is serious about negotiations. During their summit, the U.S. and North Korean delegations watched a four-minute video, made in the style of a Hollywood trailer, setting out the North's stark choice: conflict with a powerful enemy or a peaceful and prosperous future as America's (denuclearised) partner.

"If they're serious, then we can get down to the business of defining the terms of final denuclearisation", said one official.

Private analysts have been quick to pick apart the administration's overall plan for following up on the summit in Singapore, where Mr. Kim committed generally to the goal of a "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". Chosun Ilbo reports that during Trump's first meeting with Kim, the North Korean dictator asked about the nickname.

So Trump told Pompeo to bring the CD along with him, according to the paper.

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Tokyo has said it is ready to normalize ties with and provide economic support to North Korea following a comprehensive resolution of the nuclear, missile and abduction issues, according to the sources.

Pompeo said: "Since the summit the consultations have continued".

Four other USA officials said the Hermit Kingdom was purposely trying to mislead the U.S.

But following talks on Sunday between USA envoy Sung Kim and North Korean counterparts, this "CVID" language appears to have disappeared from the State Department lexicon.

Kim Dae-jung's engagement with North Korea was often a source of discord with the hard-line US administration of former President George W. Bush, and disagreements between Washington and Seoul continued during Roh's government. However, the department of state said it was not putting forward a specific timeline for the denuclearization process.

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Pompeo's talks, which resume on Saturday, will be closely watched in the region. Moon Chung-in noted that while the current relationship between South Korea, North Korea and the United States, was conducive to finding peace for all parties, that could well change.

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