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Pompeo makes third trip to North Korea
Asia-analyst Gordan Chang on what to expect from the trip.
Secretary of state Mike Pompeo arrived Friday on an air base in Japan for a refueling stop en route to his first visit to North Korea since the historic 12. June nuclear summit in Singapore.
His visit to Pyongyang, his third since April. His high-stakes-with the aim of an analyst called its “Mission: Impossible”, is to help to convert the regime promises to denuclearization in a concrete measures to eliminate the threat posed by Kim Jong-Un ‘ s nuclear arsenal.
The trump has worked in management, this direction with other meetings in the days after the summit. In a wild rally in Montana on Thursday, President Trump announced his progress with North Korea, and mocked critics who claimed the visit with Kim, a miscalculation was.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders this week pointed to a meeting at the weekend between Sung Kim, the U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines, and North Korean officials in the demilitarized zone.
“I think we understand each other. I really believe that he sees a different future for North Korea.”
President Trump on Kim Jong-Un
“Ambassador Kim had a meeting yesterday with the members of the North Korean delegation and Secretary of Pompeo, to the North Korea said this week,” she said.
ANALYSIS: WHAT POMPEO IS TO VISIT DURING THE CRITICAL NORTH KOREA
The US top diplomat has a number of options. He could insist on a final statement by North Korea of its nuclear capabilities, to the number of warheads that it maintains, and in the location of its nuclear reactors. Or he could be far more definite commitments than what is received by the administrative track.
Since the summit, doubts about the secretive regime’s intentions grow, amid reports it was to continue to expand facilities in connection with its nuclear and missile programs, and that U.S. intelligence was skeptical about his intentions, his weapons.
However, Pompeo said on Friday it expects North Korea to approach future negotiations in good faith.
“Our leaders have made concessions in the Singapore summit on the complete denuclearization of North Korea and outlines, what might look like a transformed U.S.-DPRK relations,” he said, according to comments to the Reporter, the Nauert on his plane by the spokesperson for Heather. North Korea is the abbreviation of the authoritarian nation, the official name, the Democratic people’s Republic of Korea.
“Since the summit, the consultations continued. On this trip I am looking to fill some details about these obligations, and the dynamics in the direction of the implementation of what the two leaders promised each other and the world. I expect that the DPRK is ready, to do the same,” said Pompeo.
Trump himself remained optimistic. Asked on Thursday if the North had hidden Korea’s nuclear facilities, the President said: “We will see. What I can tell you is this: you have not had to launch a rocket, and you had not even launch a rocket, or you do not have all of the nuclear tests.”
The fact that I is a meeting is a great loss for the United States, say the haters & losers. We have stopped our hostages, testing, research, and all missile launches, and these experts-who have called, can you tell me wrong from the beginning, nothing else! We will be fine!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 11. June 2018
Speaking aboard Air Force One on his trip to Montana rally, Trump said, that he believed, he forged a personal connection with the young autocrat that he once denounced as “Little Rocket Man”.
“I had a very good feeling about him. … I shook his hand I felt we came out very well,” Trump told reporters. “I think we understand each other. I really believe that he sees a different future for North Korea.”
There were mixed messages from the administration about what promises to be a tough negotiation to Pyongyang to roll back its weapons capabilities.
WATCH: TRUMP IS CONTRARY TO JOHN BOLTON ON NORTH KOREA STRATEGY
National security adviser John Bolton, who has expressed hardline views on North Korea, said on Sunday, Pompeo to present Pyongyang with a plan, the complete dismantling of the North’s nuclear and missile programs, in one year. On Tuesday, Nauert it declined to give the decline a timeline.
Pyongyang is the first planned landing on Pompeo’s first around-the-world-trip as America’s top diplomat. According to North Korea, he will travel to Japan, Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates, before coming to Belgium, where he will accompany you Trump at the NATO summit in Brussels.
Fox News’ Nick Kalman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.