Secy of State Pompeo arrives in Pyongyang for continuing denuclearization talks

Secy of State Pompeo arrives in Pyongyang for continuing denuclearization talks
U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Alex Wong, aide Lisa Kenna, NSC Korea director Allison Hooker, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Andrew Kim, the head of the CIAs Korea Mission Center, walk back into the Park Hwa Guest House after a meeting with Kim Yong Chol, a North Korean senior ruling party official, on Friday in Pyongyang. Pompeo arrived Friday in North Korea for continued denuclearization talks between the two countries,. (Andrew Harnik / Getty Images)

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in North Korea on Friday, Fox News reported, to continue denuclearization talks between the two countries.

When Pompeo landed at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang, he was greeted on the tarmac by Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chul, Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and other officials, according to Fox News. The State Department tweeted photos of Pompeo arriving in North Korea.

What’s the official business?

While in North Korea, Pompeo is expected to find out the specifics of Kim’s denuclearization plan. Part of the idea is to dispel skepticism over whether Kim is serious about depleting his nuclear arsenal, Fox News reported.

It was not clear if Pompeo would meet with Kim, as he had done before, or with a representative. While traveling to Pyongyang, Pompeo noted that both countries made commitments during the Singapore summit to work toward the “complete denuclearization of North Korea and on what a transformed bilateral relationship might look like,” the report stated.

“On this trip, I’m seeking to fill in some details on these commitments and continue the momentum toward implementation of what the two leaders promised each other and the world. I expect that the DPRK is ready to do the same,” Pompeo said in published reports.

On Thursday, Trump was asked if he believes North Korea is hiding nuclear facilities. He responded, “We’ll see. All I can tell you is this. You haven’t had one missile launch and you haven’t had one rocket launch or you haven’t had any nuclear tests.”

Update: The initial version of this story reflected national and international reports that incorrectly stated Pompeo brought with him a special gift for North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. The State Department later said the published reports were untrue. This story has been updated to reflect that change. Please reference our updated version here.