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 PompeoOvernight Defense: Trump to sign funding deal, declare national emergency | Shanahan says allies will be consulted on Afghanistan | Dem demands Khashoggi documents Senate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general Top Dem demands State Department documents on Khashoggi killing 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 TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could 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.