Pompeo Reports Vague Progress after Visit to North Korea

Pompeo and Jae-in

Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State, met with the President of North Korea Saturday. He reported vague progress during his visit to South Korea Sunday.

Optimism Regarding North Korea Meeting

Pompeo visited North Korea for the fourth time Saturday. He met directly with Kim Jong Un. The two spoke for three and a half hours, including eating lunch together.

Un’s presence at the lunch was a surprise to Pompeo. “It’s a very nice day that promises a good future for both countries,” Kim said as they sat to eat.

“Yeah, so we had a great, great visit this morning,” Pompeo answered. “Thank you for hosting, President Trump sends his regards. And we had a very successful morning so thank you and I am looking forward to our time here at lunch as well.”

From North Korea, Pompeo went to South Korea to meet with President Moon Jae-in.

Before the meeting, however, Pompeo tweeted that he had a “good trip” to North Korea. He wrote that he and Un “continue to make progress on agreements made at Singapore summit.” He also briefed John Bolton and John Kelly. Bolton is the White House national security adviser. Kelly is Trump’s chief of staff.