Kim Jong-un agrees to hold second Trump summit soon

Pompeo had planned to meet with Kim on Sunday's trip, but North Korean officials said Kim's participation in the luncheon had not been expected.

"Thank you for hosting", Mr Pompeo said.

The visit was Pompeo's fourth to the North Korean capital.

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, in South Korea, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, after his North Korea trip. Japan has been wary of the initiative, but South Korea has embraced it.

Pompeo and Kim also agreed to form a working group to discuss the denuclearization process and the second summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump, Yoon said.

However, he played down expectations for a major breakthrough.

Speaking to reporters en route to Japan, Pompeo said the plan was to "develop options for both location and timing" for a second summit, although he doubted they would "get it nailed" down mostly due to scheduling and logistics issues.

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Moon had his own third summit with Kim last month in Pyongyang, which was partly meant to help salvage the stumbling negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington, after Trump called off Pompeo's planned visit to the North in late August citing lack of progress.

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Mr Pompeo's stop in Tokyo before the summit was meant to reassure the U.S. ally that Washington's diplomacy will not leave Japan out in the cold.

After Mr Pompeo left North Korea in July, hailing progress, Kim Jong Un's government denounced him for making "gangster-like demands".

That is not how Pyongyang sees things, nor is it the approach being advocated by Seoul.

More recently, however, Mr Abe has said the only way to improve strained ties is a face-to-face meeting with former worldwide pariah Mr Kim.

In the past few days, North Korea has also renewed its demands for sanctions to be eased.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in met Pompeo after the top USA diplomat's trip to Pyongyang earlier in the day, which included a meeting with Kim.

While in Seoul, Pompeo will meet with President Moon Jae-in and Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha.

Instead, she said, Seoul favors a "different approach", in which each side takes "chunks of action" to build trust, such as the dismantling of Yongbyon in return for USA steps such as an end-of-war declaration.

Since then, Pyongyang's actions have since fallen short of what Washington was looking for, such as declaring all nuclear and missile facilities.

Pompeo has repeatedly refused to discuss details of negotiations, including a USA position on North Korea's demand for a declared end to the Korean War and a proposal from Seoul for such a declaration to be accompanied by a shutdown of the North's main known nuclear facility.

  • Sonia Alvarado