Pompeo: US, North Korea ‘continue to make progress’ on denuclearization

Pompeo: US, North Korea ‘continue to make progress’ on denuclearization
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoIn Afghanistan, give peace a chance — and a lot of time The Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP Mystery surrounds elusive sanctions on Russia MORE said after a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sunday that Washington and Pyongyang "continue to make progress" toward denuclearization, but did not provide details. 

"[W]e had a good, productive conversation,” Pompeo told South Korean President Moon Jae-in when asked how the secretary of State's meeting went, according to The Associated Press.

“As President TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis MORE said, there are many steps along the way and we took one of them today. It was another step forward. So this is, I think, a good outcome for all of us.”

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Pompeo also told Moon that Kim agreed to meet with Trump at a summit that "should be held as soon as possible," according to a statement the South Korean leader's office issued later.

Moon's office also indicated that the U.S. and North Korea are still discussing when and where the meeting will be held.

Trump, meanwhile, said in a tweet that he looks forward to seeing Kim in the "near future."

Pompeo met with Kim for three and a half hours on Sunday, according to a pool report from the only U.S. journalist accompanying Pompeo in Asia, the AP reports.

The secretary of State has repeatedly refused to discuss the details of negotiations between the two countries.

Trump has touted the progress both countries have made, but has reportedly become frustrated at the lack of forward momentum toward denuclearization.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho has said the country cannot proceed toward giving up its nuclear capabilities without "trust in the U.S." and that without that, "there is no way we will unilaterally disarm ourselves first."  

— This report was updated at 10:45 a.m.