United States Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will be visiting Pyongyang and meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un next week as part of his upcoming trip to Asia. The State Department spokesperson, Heather Nauert announced that Pompeo will meet with Kim in Pyongyang on October 7. Nauert, however, did not divulge the talk that the two are supposed to have but indicated that the discussion on Pyongyang's nuclear capability will be one of the issues that will be discussed.
"These are private diplomatic conversations, as we work toward our goal of full denuclearization of North Korea," she asserted.
Nauert also emphasized the need for a conversation between the two countries saying, "It shows forward progress and momentum that the secretary is making his fourth trip back in less than a year."
"That shows the president's commitment to an agreement that he and Chairman Kim made at the Singapore summit," she said. The two are also expected to discuss the second Kim-Trump summit.
Pompeo was invited to visit Pyongyang by North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho when the two met for a meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session in New York last week.
Pompeo was scheduled to visit North Korea in the last week of August to discuss the dismantling of the Pyongyang nuclear weapon programme, along with the US' special representative to North Korea, Stephen Biegun. However, Trump, on August 25, asked Pompeo to cancel his trip to North Korea on grounds of not making significant progress regarding the denuclearisation deal which was agreed upon during his Singapore summit with Kim Jong-un.