Mike Pompeo in North Korea for “clarification” on nuclear deal

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in North Korea to try and reach an agreement on the details of US President Donald Trump’s agreement with North Korea that seeks to denuclearise the Korean Peninsula.

Both sides have said they need to “clarify” some things regarding the deal, which Mr Trump has already hailed as a success.

Mr Pompeo met with Kim Yong Chol, a top North Korean party official and former spy agency chief who played a vital role in setting up the meeting between Mr Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Mr Pompeo spoke of Mr Trump’s commitment to a “brighter future for North Korea”.

“So the work that we do, the path toward complete denuclearization, building a relationship between our two countries, is vital for a brighter North Korea and the success that our two presidents demand of us,” Mr Pompeo said.

Both Mr Kim and Mr Pompeo said they still have things they need to clarify.

A spokeswoman from the US State Department, Heather Nauert, said Mr Pompeo was remaining “very firm” on the basic goals of complete denuclearisation of North Korea, security assurances, and the repatriation of US remains from the 1950-1953 Korean War.

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