"Well, I am really pleased for this opportunity".
Later that afternoon, Pompeo touched down in Seoul to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Instead, they want both sides to take a "phased" approach, where Pyongyang is rewarded as it takes gradual steps to roll back its nuclear program. The US leader met the North Korean leader for around two hours on Sunday where the agenda was to discuss denuclearisation and a second US-North Korean summit.
Pompeo flew to the South Korean capital to brief Moon on what was discussed during two hours of talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un earlier in the day in Pyongyang. I will give more details later when we are alone", only adding, "I have had a good and productive conversation today.
A US official who was part of Pompeo's delegation said the latest visit to the North was "better than the last time" but added "It's going to be a long haul". "It was another step forward", Pompeo said in a meeting with Moon at the Blue House. "North Korea summit as soon as possible", Yoon said in a statement. The steps they've taken so far - beginning to dismantle a key missile engine test site and blowing up the tunnels to a nuclear site - have been without worldwide inspectors present to verify, and could be reversed.
Before traveling to Pyongyang, Pompeo met in Tokyo on Saturday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Kono.
Their meeting has also drawn attention as Trump and Kim are pushing to have a second meeting by the end of this year, following their landmark Singapore summit on June 12.
The top USA diplomat offered no details, and, upon landing in South Korea, he briefed White House national security adviser John Bolton and Trump chief of staff John Kelly on his trip, officials said.
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Alongside Mukwege, the committee honoured Murad, a 25-year-old Iraqi woman from the Yazidi community who in 2014 was kidnapped by Islamic State militants and endured three months as a sex slave before managing to escape.
"And so North Korean leaders are determined to stick to their nuclear development, and see nuclear weapons as the major guarantee of their security".
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was set to visit Pyongyang on Sunday, his first trip there since a previously planned trip was canceled in August due to what Trump said was insufficient progress and the ongoing US trade war with China.
He has also distanced himself from an earlier stated goal of achieving North Korea's nuclear weapons abandonment by the end of Trump's term in January 2021.
In an interview with the Washington Post last week, Foreign Minister Kang said that North Korea could dismantle the Yongbyon nuclear facility in a verifiable manner and the U.S. would agree to sign an end-of-the-war declaration.
Winning the Nobel peace prize is a significant victory for all women suffering from sexual violence in conflicts, Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad said on Friday in her first remarks after jointly winning the award.
South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told The Washington Post last week that Seoul believed that such a list could spark a long argument between Pyongyang and Washington over verification, which would not be conducive for building trust.
Some had argued that President Donald Trump should be awarded the Prize for his role in moving the normalization between North and South Korea.