Pompeo's 4th North Korean visit fuels optimism for denuclearization

Pompeo's 4th North Korean visit fuels optimism for denuclearization

Pompeo's 4th North Korean visit fuels optimism for denuclearization

The Thursday trip is made shortly after the visit of the 200-member South Korean delegation that accompanied South Korean President Moon Jae-in for the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to Pyongyang last month.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sounded an upbeat tone on Wednesday as he talked about his upcoming trip to North Korea and the progress he expected to make towards the denuclearisation of the country.

"It looks like we'll have a second summit quite soon", he said.

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"Cheong Wa Dae was optimistic about the visit amid speculation that a declaration to end the 1950-53 Korean War and other corresponding measures for denuclearization can be discussed".

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The North's official Korean Central News Agency reported later in a short dispatch that a delegation including Choe left to attend negotiations between North Korea and China in Beijing, negotiations between North Korea and Russian Federation in Moscow as well as negotiations involving all three countries.

Joshua Shifrinson, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, recently published an article exploring the upside of a nuclear-armed North Korea.

"The perception that sanctions can bring us on our knees is a pipe dream of the people who are ignorant of us", North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said in a speech to the UNGA on Saturday.

"It may happen in October, but more likely sometime after that", Pompeo said last week.

On Saturday, Trump lavished praise on Kim and said they had fallen "in love" after exchanging letters.

Rep. Yoon Young-seok, a spokesman of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party, said in a statement that the two Koreas should reunify under the South's free democratic system and urged North Korea's complete denuclearization. North Korea is clear to make sure that the United States understands that these feelings are very reciprocal.

Since then, negotiations over when and how denuclearization would occur have been rocky, with with neither side able to agree on a starting point and widespread skepticism in the United States over whether Pyongyang is serious about renouncing an arsenal it sees as the only way to guarantee its safety.

Vipin Narang, an associate professor of political science at MIT, said the comments "really puts a little bit of cold water" on the hope that North Korea might provide a list of its nuclear and missile sites in return for an end-of-war declaration.

"I am not going to characterize our relationship with China in any one of those three ways, but relationships can ebb and flow over time, so we certainly have a lot to talk about with the government of China".

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