Pom­peo ex­pects Trump-Kim sum­mit

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US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo on Thurs­day voiced op­ti­mism that a sec­ond US-North Korea sum­mit would take place soon but said he doubted it would seal a land­mark deal.

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, who held a his­toric sum­mit with Kim Jong-un in June in Sin­ga­pore, on Tues­day re­vealed that he had re­ceived a “great let­ter” from the North Ko­rean leader and boasted of their re­la­tion­ship.

“Lots of work that is left to be done, but I am con­fi­dent that in the next short pe­riod of time Pres­i­dent Trump and Chair­man Kim will get the chance to meet again,” Pom­peo told Fox News.

He said the sum­mit would work to “truly cre­ate a much bet­ter, safer Amer­ica with less threat of not only nu­clear weapons be­ing launched at us but nu­clear pro­lif­er­a­tion as well.”

But asked if the next sum­mit would lead to a last­ing deal, Pom­peo said, “I’d be sur­prised if we get all the way home in this meet­ing, al­though it would be fan­tas­tic if we did.”

Trump and Kim, in the first sum­mit be­tween the long­time ad­ver­saries, agreed to work to­ward the Ko­rean Penin­sula’s de­nu­cle­ariza­tion but with lit­tle ap­par­ent agree­ment on what that means.

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