US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, departed today from Tokyo for Pyonyang to meet with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, with the aim of advancing in the dialogue for the denuclearization of the regime.
The plane in which the chief of US diplomacy is traveling took off today at 7.15 local time (22.15 GMT on Saturday) from the Japanese capital, where Pompeo made the first stop of his Asian tour on the eve, according to the local news agency. Kyodo news.
Pompeo is scheduled to meet with Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang to discuss the regime's denuclearization process and prepare a new summit between the North Korean dictator and US President Donald Trump.
Pompeo stressed during his trip to Japan the need for both parties to build "enough confidence" to move forward in the aforementioned process, stalled due to their disagreements on how to proceed for the disarmament of Pyongyang and the security guarantees that Washington will grant to change.
The US Secretary of State expressed his confidence that his fourth visit to the capital of the regime would allow a new appointment between Kim and Trump, after the historic summit that both celebrated last June in Singapore.
On the eve, Pompeo met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Kono, with whom he stressed the importance of the allies maintaining "a fully coordinated and unified position" to achieve that the North abandons its nuclear weapons.
After visiting the North Korean capital, Pompeo will travel today to Seoul to meet the president of the South, Moon Jae-in, and the foreign minister of that country, Kang Kyung-wha, with whom he will discuss the results of the last inter-Korean summit of the last month and the state of dialogue with the North.
The US secretary of state will conclude his Asian tour on Monday in China, where his preliminary plans include meetings with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, and State Councilor Yang Jiechi at a time of strong tension in bilateral relations for the commercial war and other disputes.