Donald Trump confirms secret talks with Kim Jong-un


PRESIDENT Donald Trump confirmed Wednesday that his CIA boss secretly met Kim Jong-un in North Korea and said "a good relationship was formed" towards the opponents' expected summit.

Mike Pompeos very unusual lecture "went smoothly," Trump tweeted, with details of a presidential meeting within the next couple of months "will be prepared now."

"Nuclearization will be a good thing for the world, but also for North Korea!" Trump wrote on his Florida property, where he hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

On Tuesday, Trump announced that the US and North Korea held direct talks at "extremely high levels" in preparation for a possible summit.

He said that five places were being considered for the meeting, which could take place before the end of June.

Confirmation of Pompei's trip came later on Tuesday from two officials who were not authorized to discuss the meeting in public and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Trumps tweet said the meeting took place "last week."

Washington Post who reportedly reported the development said that it took place over the last weekend – just over two weeks ago, shortly after Pompeo was nominated for state secretary.

Two white house officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive discussions and confirmed Wednesday that the trip took place during the Easter weekend

Kim's offer for a summit was originally transferred to Trump in South Korea last month and the president shocked many accept it.

US officials said in the last two weeks that the government of North Korea had communicated directly with Washington that it was ready to discuss its nuclear weapons program.

It would be the first summit between the United States and North Korea for more than six decades of hostility since the Korean War.

North Korea's nuclear weapons and its ability to deliver them with ballistic missile represent a growing threat to the US mainland.

The United States and North Korea do not have formal diplomatic relations that complicate the arrangements for relations between the two governments.

It is not unusual for US intelligence officials to act as a channel for communication with Pyongyang.

In 2014, the then US Secretary of State, James Clapper, secretly visited North Korea to bring two US detainees back.

China, North Korea's closest ally, said it welcomed direct contact and negotiations between the United States and North Korea after the news emerged from Pompei's meeting with Kim.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Wednesday that Beijing hopes the two parties will work on a political solution of tension on the Korean peninsula and establish a peace mechanism.

Korea is technically still in a post-war war in 1950-53 Korean war ended with a ceasefire, not a peace agreement.

Last week's debate on his nomination, Pompeo played down the expectations of a breakthrough agreement on the completion of North Korea's nuclear weapons program at the planned summit, but said it could form the basis for a comprehensive agreement on denuclearization.

"I am optimistic that the government of the United States can determine the conditions for it appropriately so that the president and the North Korean leader can have the conversation and get us to achieve a diplomatic result that America and the world so desperately need for, "said Pompeo to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Senate.

Whiteland's press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Pompeo's meeting with Kim emphasized the importance of confirming him as state secretary.

"Dems have the opportunity to set aside politics, acknowledge that our national security is too important and confirm Mike Pompeo. State Department," she said twice Wednesday.

The Supreme Democratic Representative in the Committee, Sen. Robert Menendez announced that he would vote against Pompey's nomination and join other prominent politicians from his party who opposed it.

A voice is expected early next week. If Pompeo is rejected, the panel may be forced to take the unusual step to send the nomination to the full senate without a positive recommendation. Menendez expressed frustration that Pompeo had not informed him about his visit to North Korea.

"Now I do not expect diplomacy to be negotiated in the open but I expect for a person nominated for state secretary when speaking with the leadership of the committee and being asked specific questions about North Korea to share some insight into a such visits, "said Menendez at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Republican Senator Cory Gardner, relying on an Asia commission, accused Democrats of playing politics over Pompey's nomination.

He said that, although he had not been informed about the CIA director's trip to North Korea based on Pompey's testimony last week, he was convinced that the Trump administration was properly focused on the goal of complete and verifiable denuklearization of North Korea.

"This is a very important and delicate debate that takes place and I fully trust Mike Pompeo," Gardn Der told AP.

"Therefore, he must be confirmed."

After a year of escalating tensions, where North Korea carried out nuclear and long-distance athletes testimony to world destruction, Kim has pivoted to international outreach.

The young leader met China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing at the end of March, Kim's first trip abroad since he took power six years ago. He is set to meet the South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the demilitarized zone between the rival Korea's on April 27th.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this:
search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close