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Pompeo to visit Pyongyang at weekend

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the State Department in Washington, U.S., October 3, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to North Korea at the weekend for denuclearisation talks with Kim Jong Un, the State Department said on Tuesday, calling this “forward progress,” despite negative signals from Pyongyang.

Mr Pompeo will also travel to Japan, South Korea and China from Ocober. 6-8, and will be in North Korea on Sunday local time.

Mr Pompeo’s visit comes ahead of a planned second summit between Mr Kim and President Donald Trump. The invitation to return to Pyongyang was made during a meeting with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on the sidelines of their UN General Assembly last week.

Before the Pyongyang talks, Mr Pompeo will be meeting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Kono in Tokyo and President Moon Jae-in and Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha in Seoul, while in Beijing he would meet counterparts to discuss “bilateral, regional and global issues.”

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