Pompeo, North Korean official express need to 'clarify' their positions

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo second from right greets Kim Yong Chol second from left a North Korean senior ruling party official and former intelligence chief as they arrive for a meeting at the Park Hwa Guest House in Pyongyang North Ko

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo second from right greets Kim Yong Chol second from left a North Korean senior ruling party official and former intelligence chief as they arrive for a meeting at the Park Hwa Guest House in Pyongyang North Ko

Unlike his previous visits, which have been one-day affairs, Mr Pompeo spent the night at a government guest house in Pyongyang after a three-hour dinner with Kim Yong Chol, something the North Korean official alluded to in comments as they began their talks.

After a cordial and relaxed first meeting on Friday night, a little more tension was on display Saturday morning as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met again with North Korean leaders on a trip to Pyongyang meant to hammer out details from President Donald Trump's summit last month.

Kim Yong Chol said at the start of the meeting the two had had "very serious discussion on very important matters yesterday".

"So, thinking about those discussions you might have not slept well."

Opening the talks after the USA envoy arrived on Friday, his opposite number Kim Jong Chol joked to Pompeo that he must be getting used to the city by now. "We did have a good set of conversations yesterday, I appreciate that and I look forward to our continued conversations today". "I expect that the DPRK is ready to do the same", Pompeo said, using the initials for North Korea's official name.

"So the work that we do, the path toward complete denuclearization, building a relationship between our two countries, is vital for a brighter North Korea and the success that our two presidents demand of us", Pompeo said.

Kim agreed that the work was important. "There are things that I have to clarify".

"There are things that I have to clarify as well", said Pompeo.

"These are complicated issues, but we made progress on nearly all of the central issues, some places a great deal of progress, other places there's still more work to be done", he said.

According to Nauert, these groups will be getting into the "nitty gritty stuff", such as planning and policy implementation and ultimately the verification of efforts to achieve denuclearization.

Leaked image shows About screen on Xiaomi's upcoming Mi A2
The Mi A2's About screen has leaked today in a live image showing the phone, and as you can see there are no traces of MIUI here. Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is the company's upcoming smartphone which has been surfacing in leaks every now and then these days.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Pompeo's discussions with the North Korean officials included the repatriation of the remains of Americans who died in the Korean War in the 1950s in addition to denuclearisation issues, according to a pool report by reporters accompanying Pompeo.

Every element of the Singapore agreement was covered in the meetings, from security assurances to reparations, Nauert said.

"Our policy hasn't changed", she said when asked why U.S. officials appear in public comments to have backed away from early demands that an agreement must cover "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation".

Pompeo, however, said that more talks were needed on both.

Saturday's talks were held at a villa in an official compound close to the imposing mausoleum where North Korea's former helmsmen Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il - the current leader's grandfather and father - lie in state. "President Trump is committed to a brighter future for North Korea".

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted Saturday that two days of talks with his North Korean counterpart on dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal had been "very productive".

Pompeo, who spoke with Trump, national security adviser John Bolton and White House chief of staff John Kelly by secure phone before starting Saturday's session, replied that he "slept just fine".

Pompeo and Kim met for almost three hours Friday and then had dinner amid growing skepticism over how serious Kim Jong Un is about giving up his nuclear arsenal and translating the upbeat rhetoric following his summit with Trump into concrete action. She said the dinner lasted an hour and 45 minutes and at times the two were "cracking jokes" and "exchanging pleasantries".

North Korea's official KCNA news agency said Pompeo's delegation was taking part in high-level talks for implementing the Singapore summit statement but gave no more details.

One hoped-for breakthrough on this trip would have been the return of the remains of US troops killed during the 1950-53 Korean War.

Recommended News

  • Eating Nuts Can Boost Male Fertility, Study Finds

    The study recorded not just sperm parameters but also changes in several molecular factors, including sperm DNA fragmentation. In industrialised countries this has been attributed to "pollution, smoking, and trends toward a western-style diet".

    Has Meghan Markle Adopted an English Accent?

    "We all had a great day , I think, ' Meghan said in the clip , after a woman gushed that she looked 'gorgeous" on her wedding day in May.
    Air New Zealand Is First Airline To Serve Impossible Burgers

    Air New Zealand Is First Airline To Serve Impossible Burgers

    The fact that they're putting this burger on the menu is not going to undermine our meat industry. He also warned Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon to butt out of politics.
  • At least 27 killed, 47 missing as torrential rain pounds Japan

    At least 27 killed, 47 missing as torrential rain pounds Japan

    Kyoto prefecture said it was working to control flooding at several dams and identified one fatality as a 52-year-old woman. Fukuoka and Hiroshima prefectures had asked the Ground Self-Defense Force to send personnel to assist with disaster relief.
    David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic agree World Cup wager

    David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic agree World Cup wager

    The quarterfinals of this World Cup has seen an unbalanced draw, which has made one side quite light compared to the other. With just a four-day turnaround to facing Sweden in Samara, though, England have little time to replenish their energy.

    15 dead, 50 reported missing as heavy floods hit Japan

    In the same area, however, a teenage boy was washed away in an irrigation canal, according to local media reports. The downpours temporarily halted bullet train services in western Japan, which resumed on Friday.
  • Apple Music Reportedly Beats Spotify in Number of Paid U.S. Subscribers

    Apple Music Reportedly Beats Spotify in Number of Paid U.S. Subscribers

    Overall, Apple Music is said to have over 45 million subscribers globally with about 5-10 users on free trials. This makes Apple the most popular on-demand streaming service in America by a hair.
    Federation Internationale de Football Association  to Trapped Thai Soccer Team

    Federation Internationale de Football Association to Trapped Thai Soccer Team

    He has since been hailed a hero for his efforts, with Thailand's Prime Minister promising that he did not die in vain. The boys, whose letters to their parents from inside the cave were published on Saturday , were still in good shape.
    Both sides seek to 'clarify' as Pompeo holds more North Korea talks

    Both sides seek to 'clarify' as Pompeo holds more North Korea talks

    North Korea committed at the summit to the "immediate repatriation" of remains already identified, but that hasn't happened yet. Pompeo is on a trip traveling to North Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Abu Dhabi, and Brussels.
  • 'I'm walking': Heartwarming moment girl, 4, with cerebral palsy takes first steps

    The video was posted this week on the family's Instagram account "Mighty Miss Maya", with the caption "4 years, 10 months". Two months ago, Maya had major surgery on her spine in the hopes of giving her more control over her leg and back muscles.
    Oil falls as Trump urges OPEC to reduce prices

    Oil falls as Trump urges OPEC to reduce prices

    Producing at that level would require more drilling and expanding existing fields - it isn't as simple as just opening the taps. US President Donald Trump , for one, isn't happy with the high prices US voters are paying to fill up their cars.
    World Cup 2018 quarter-finals three and four previews

    World Cup 2018 quarter-finals three and four previews

    This time no one expected much - they were so used to being kicked in the teeth - but once they started playing it all changed. Since 2006 the World Cup has been reserved exclusively for Europeans, when Italy beat France for the trophy.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.