Trump's North Korean Love Affair Shows That Diplomacy Works

"Without any trust in the USA, there will be no confidence in our national security, and under such circumstances there is no way we will unilaterally disarm ourselves first".

Pompeo will open his trip on Saturday in Tokyo, where he will meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has long championed a hard line on North Korea but recently said he was willing to meet Kim.

The meeting between Pompeo and Kim may also chart a possible second meeting between the two leaders.

After a meeting between Pompeo and Ri on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, the State Department announced that Pompeo will travel to the DPRK to discuss the second Trump-Kim summit.

"I think it shows forward progress and momentum that the secretary is making his fourth trip in less than a year", State Department spokesman Heather Nauert told reporters. He said there's continuing global support for economic sanctions to remain on North Korea in the meantime.

In a speech at the United Nations last week, North Korea's foreign minister claimed North Korea is ready to implement the agreements Trump and Kim made at the Singapore summit, but also accused Washington of failing to demonstrate its willingness to ease tensions and build mutual trust.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to North Korea, Sunday, fueling optimism for progress in the stalled nuclear talks between the two countries.

Still, Trump expressed hope that a deal ultimately could be reached with North Korea.

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"Without any trust in the USA there will be no confidence in our national security and under such circumstances there is no way we will unilaterally disarm ourselves first", DPRK's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told the UN General Assembly.

At the same time, she dismissed fears of those who think that a formal end to the war will open the door to USA disengagement from South Korea, where it bases around 30,000 troops.

Trump has nevertheless hailed progress and on Saturday took his enthusiasm for his detente with Kim to new heights by declaring at a rally with supporters that "we fell in love" after exchanging letters. "But it's a good first step", said Joel Wit, a senior Fellow at the Stimson Center who was involved in past negotiations with the North Koreans while working at the State Department.

Pompeo said the day of the Trump-Kim summit he was hopeful there would be major North Korean disarmament by the end of Trump's term in January 2021.

South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, third right, and delegation members pose for the media on their arrival at the Pyongyang Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.

Pompeo's trip to China comes at a time of deteriorating relations and tit-for-tat tariffs sparked by Trump's accusations of unfair Chinese trade practices.

Washington has requested that North Korea provide a complete inventory of its weapons programs before they will take any measures toward peace, according to an October 1 Reuters article.

  • Sonia Alvarado