Pompeo is heading back to North Korea for another round of talks aimed at getting Kim Jong Un to give up nuclear weapons.
After a meeting between Pompeo and Ri on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, the State Department announced that Pompeo will travel to North Korea to discuss the second Trump-Kim summit.
A senior Blue House official, requesting anonymity to discuss sensitive issues, told reporters Wednesday that Seoul had initially thought that a Trump-Kim summit might happen after the November 6 US midterm elections, but the fact that Pompeo is visiting Pyongyang sooner than expected "sends a positive signal" that it might take place earlier.
"The DPRK is taking substantial and crucial steps to implement the joint statement made at the DPRK-US summit, but the US is still trying to subdue someone by resorting to sanctions", the commentary accused.
The three-year conflict ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty, leaving the sides technically at war.
Analysts speculated the USA and North Korea may already have reached a consensus to some extent over denuclearization methods and a declaration ending the war. "Nothing has changed with regard to our policy". "Things stand firmly in place, such as the sanctions ... remain in place".
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Choe is expected to seek support from China and Russian Federation, both traditional allies of North Korea, as Pyongyang envisions advancing denuclearization talks with Washington.
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Prior to visiting Pyongyang, Pompeo will stop in Japan Saturday and Sunday for talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Kono.
Kim, a North Korea regime insider who has met with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House, is a former military intelligence chief who could have been responsible for the attack on the Cheonan that killed almost 50 South Koreans on board.
The meeting between Pompeo and Kim may also chart a possible second meeting between the two leaders.
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Cho said North Korea may have accepted the USA proposal to shut down a nuclear weapons plant in addition to the Yongbyon complex that Kim promised to close during his third summit with Moon from September 18 to 20.
Kim and Trump met in Singapore in June, where they issued vague aspirations for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without saying when and how it would occur. Stanford University scholars, including nuclear physicist Siegfried Hecker who visited North Korea's centrifuge facility at Nyongbyon in 2010, wrote earlier this year that North Korea is estimated to have a highly enriched uranium inventory of 250 to 500 kilograms (550 to 1,100 pounds), sufficient for 25 to 30 nuclear devices. Trump himself has said he is in no rush. "Of course, we have quite a ways to go but we look forward to the next steps in this conversation", she added.
Nauert said Pompeo would head afterwards to Beijing for meetings with unspecified officials. North Korea is clear to make sure that the United States understands that these feelings are very reciprocal.