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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will depart the United States for his third visit to the Hermit Kingdom of North Korea on July 5, the White House announced Monday.
Pompeo, nominated by President Donald Trump as United States Secretary of State on March 13, 2018, will visit North Korea’s capital Pyongyang for two days before leaving to Tokyo to meet with South Korean and Japanese officials amid recent suspicions regarding North Korea’s nuclear program.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pointed to a meeting over the weekend between Sung Kim, the United States ambassador to the Philippines, and North Korean officials in the demilitarized zone.
“We’re continuing to make progress,” Sanders said at Monday’s press briefing.
Pompeo last visited Pyongyang in May ahead of the Trump-Kim summit, and traveled there secretly in April while he was director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Instilling confidence and ambition regarding the allegations pertaining to North Korea and using the recent meeting in the demilitarized zone as an example of hope, Sanders said, concerning last month’s historic Singapore summit between President Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, there has already been produced a solid framework for future negotiations.
“In the last eight months, you haven’t seen missile launches, you haven’t seen nuclear detonations,” Sanders stated further. “Again, these conversations are continuing to evolve—I’m not going to get into the details, but I can tell you that progress continues to be made.”
After leaving Tokyo, Pompeo will briefly visit Hanoi and Abu Dhabi before arriving in Brussels for the NATO Summit on July 10.