The new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the right-hand man of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Wednesday for an evening of talks about the future of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. The officials are said to be laying the groundwork for the possible summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un. The pair met behind closed doors for a 90-minute dinner and left without offering any statements to the waiting reporters.
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Pompeo only briefly spoke to say that the dinner "was great" and that the two had dined on "American Beef". It is not clear if they made progress toward the much-anticipated summit in Singapore which was scheduled for June before President Trump backed out in a political show of force. The fact that the two men appeared to leave on good terms with one another is a positive sign that some progress was made.
The White House left open the possibility of the summit between Trump and Kim earlier Wednesday, even though Trump canceled the meeting just a few days ago. The dinner took place inside an apartment on New York's East Side just south of the United Nations, according to a senior State Department official. Kim Yong Chol, the vice-chairman of the ruling Workers' Party's Central Committee, is said to be "trying to get to know each other" with Pompeo following successful meetings between the two earlier this year in North Korea.
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Good working dinner with Kim Yong Chol in New York tonight. Steak, corn, and cheese on the menu. <a href="https://t.co/1pu4K3oym7">pic.twitter.com/1pu4K3oym7</a></p>— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) <a href="https://twitter.com/SecPompeo/status/1002012928407728128?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 31, 2018</a></blockquote>
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The state department official also said that before any summit would take place between the two leaders, Pyongyang is "going to have to make clear what they are willing to do." That includes demands from Washington that North Korea put an end to its nuclear weapons program indefinitely.
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