US, N. Korea agree to have second summit

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The secretary of state then put his hand on Kim's shoulder, and the pair smiled.

"I am really pleased for this opportunity". He also pledged that during his meeting with Kim on Sunday, he would raise the cases of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea.

As the pair sat for lunch, Kim said, "It's a very nice day that promises a good future for both countries".

"Thank you for hosting, President Trump sends his regards". Both men spoke through translators.

Moon expressed hopes that Pompeo's trip and the proposed second meeting between Kim and Trump would make "irreversible, decisive progress in terms of denuclearization as well as the peace process".

Last month, Abe hinted that he was prepared to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "to break the shell of mutual distrust".

He then planned to return in late August, only for Trump to cancel the trip at the last minute as it became apparent that the two sides remained far apart on their approach to the negotiations.

"As President Trump said, there are many steps along the way and we took one of them today", Pompeo told Moon in Seoul, in remarks that offered only a broad assessment of his talks with Kim.

"It is important for us to hear from you as I travel to Pyongyang to make sure that we are fully in sync with respect to missile programs, (chemical and biological weapons) programs", Pompeo told Abe.

According to pool notes from Pompeo's early Sunday visit to Pyongyang - the secretary's fourth - Pompeo and Kim emerged from their meeting and had lunch together before Pompeo left for South Korea.

"Most importantly, both the leaders believe there is real progress that can be made, substantive progress that can be made at the next summit and so we are going to get it at a time that works for each of the two leaders and at a place that works for both of them", he said. "It was another step forward".

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Pompeo responded: "We had a great, great visit this morning".

Kim said the bilateral dialogue would continue to develop "based on the deep confidence between the two leaders", and expressed gratitude to Trump for making a honest effort to implement the agreement made at their June summit, KCNA said. Pompeo did not meet Kim on that trip.

"They also discussed the upcoming second summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim and refined options for the location and date of that next summit", the statement read.

Kim said he believed the dialogue between the two countries would continue to develop favorably "based on the deep confidence between the two leaders of the two countries", and expressed gratitude to Trump for making a honest effort to implement the agreement made at their historic June summit, KCNA said.

Kim also invited inspectors to visit the Punggye Ri nuclear test site to confirm that it has been irreversibly dismantled, Nauert said.

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. "North Korea summit as soon as possible", Yoon said in a statement.

The US secretary of state and the North Korean leader also discussed "denuclearization steps".

But the inter-Korean agreement again failed to stipulate any plans called for by the United States, such as to declare a list of its nuclear weapons, facilities and materials, or a concrete timeline for denuclearization. Progress made on Singapore Summit Agreements!

Pompeo will be in Tokyo Saturday and Sunday and has already met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe there.

Absent sanctions relief, North Korea has rejected turning over what Washington really wants in return: a complete inventory of its nuclear and ballistic missile facilities that could be used by global inspectors to verify they have been dismantled. Japan, notably, has been wary of Trump's initiative, fearing it could affect its long-standing security relationship with the U.S. The war concluded with an armistice but no peace treaty. The North has rejected that and South Korea has suggested it may not be a necessary next step.

Last month the North's foreign minister told the United Nations there was "no way" his country would disarm first as long as tough USA sanctions remain against his country.

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