US President Donald Trump has confirmed that Mike Pompeo, the current CIA director and his candidate for the top American diplomat, met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last week.
"Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea last week. The meeting went very smoothly and a good relationship was formed." The details of the summit will be prepared now. "Nuclearization will be a good thing for the world, but also for North Korea!" Trump said about Twitter on Wednesday.
The tweet confirms the meeting that had been reported widely over the last 24 hours.
After months of brink maneuvering, Trump and Kim recently decided to meet face-to-face, probably in May or June North Korea has promised it to be willing to discuss abandoning its nuclear weapons arsenal.
Pompei's trip made him the highest US official to visit North Korea since then – intelligence chief James Clapper in 2014.
China, North Korea's closest allies, welcomed direct contact and talks between the United States and North Korea.
The Chinese Foreign Minister's spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a briefing that Beijing hopes the two parties will work for a political solution to the tension on the Korean peninsula and establish a peace mechanism.
Efforts to arrange an unprecedented meeting between US and North Korean leaders have helped ease the tensions of Pyongyang's development of nuclear missiles capable of hitting the United States. Kim has agreed to discuss denuclearization according to US and South Korean officials.
"We've had direct talks at very high levels – extremely high levels – with North Korea. I really think there's a lot of good will, a lot of good Trump told reporters Tuesday.
Trump, who has exchanged bellicosis- Threats to Kim in the past year said US officials look at five places for a meeting with Kim. Asked if any of them were in the United States, Trump responded: "No."
An American official said, that sites in Southeast Asia and Europe were among those discussed. Kim has rarely left North Korea.
Speculation has centered on a number of places, including Pyongyang, the demilitarized zone between Korea, Stockholm, Geneva and Mongolia.