US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has described his negotiations with officials in North Korea on dismantling Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal as “very productive”.
“These are complicated issues, but we made progress on almost all of the central issues, some places a great deal of progress, other places there’s still more work to be done,” Pompeo told reporters on Saturday as he was making departure for Tokyo after spending two days in Pyongyang.
Pompeo spoke after emerging from more than eight hours of talks over two days with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s right-hand man Kim Yong-chol in a Pyongyang diplomatic compound.
Last month, at a historic summit with US President Donald Trump, Kim agreed to “work towards complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” in return for security guarantees and an end to a dangerous stand-off with US forces.
Since then, the onus has been upon Pompeo to follow up on the issue as the point-man on…