Mike Pompeo optimistic his North Korea trip will bring progress

Mike Pompeo optimistic his North Korea trip will bring progress

The South Korean delegation, including officials, politicians, civil society members and religious leaders, will participate in the ceremony co-hosted by the North and South to celebrate the anniversary of the second inter-Korean summit, also known as the 10.4 inter-Korean summit, which was held between October 2-4 in 2007.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will pay a fresh visit to North Korea on Sunday and meet leader Kim Jong Un to push forward denuclearization efforts, the State Department said. "But it's a good first step", said Joel Wit, a senior Fellow at the Stimson Center who was involved in past negotiations with the North Koreans while working at the State Department.

Pompeo brushed aside suggestions of differences between himself and Trump over a timeline for North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.

The top USA diplomat had announced last week that he was ready to return to North Korea after meeting the hardline communist state's foreign minister on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

Nauert didn't provide specific details of what Pompeo plans to discuss with the North Korean leader, but she said the meeting will focus on Pyongyang's nuclear capabilities.

Pompeo is expected to lay the groundwork for a second summit between President Donald Trump and Kim.

It isn't clear whether North Korea has made any substantial changes when it comes to denuclearization, but Trump and Pompeo have been telegraphing the possibility of a second summit for several weeks.

Renewed military tension between Washington and Beijing
But it also appears to reflect a growing willingness by Beijing to test the Americans in the South China Sea", he added. It shows that countries in the region have the wisdom, capability and confidence to handle the South China Sea issue.

Even some skeptics, though, acknowledge that the current dialogue has brought rewards in terms of an end to nuclear and missile testing and reduced tensions.

The South Korean delegates will also tour major North Korean facilities and attend a performance of the North's iconic mass games.

During their Pyongyang summit, Kim and Moon said they agreed to reduce the conventional military threat between them and hold another summit in Seoul, potentially within the year. It's unclear whether they will meet Kim before returning home on Saturday.

Earlier that day, North Korea's Ri struck a different tone, telling the United Nations that continued USA sanctions were deepening Pyongyang's mistrust in the United States and there was no way the country would disarm unilaterally under such circumstances.

North Korea, Lee stressed, was willing to give up its nuclear weapons for peace and prosperity.

South Korean political parties on both ends of the spectrum commemorated National Foundation Day on Wednesday with words of peace and prosperity - but spoke of the North Korea nuclear issue in different tones.

The South Korean unification ministry's online portal had information on Kim on pages with information on the Cheonan sinking and the bombardment of South Korea's Yeongpyeong Island, but a page on Kim was recently deleted, local television network Channel A reported Thursday.

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