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(LEAD) Pompeo to travel to N. Korea Thursday for nuclear talks: White House

All Headlines 05:40 July 03, 2018

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WASHINGTON, July 2 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to North Korea Thursday to continue negotiations on dismantling the regime's nuclear weapons program, the White House said.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Monday announced the first visit by Pompeo to Pyongyang since last month's historic summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Pompeo will be in North Korea through Saturday "to continue consultations and implement the forward progress" made by the two leaders at their Singapore meeting, the State Department added in a statement.

Sanders said the top U.S. diplomat will meet with the North Korean leader and his "team."

"We are continuing to make progress. We had good meetings yesterday," she said at a regular press briefing. "There is a great momentum for positive change."

The summit yielded a joint statement that committed Kim to work towards the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula in exchange for security guarantees from the U.S.

hague@yna.co.kr
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