Citing multiple diplomatic sources, Kyodo News reported that a team of North Korean diplomats has been sent to Geneva, Bern and Davos to look at conference halls and hotels as potential venues for its denuclearization talks with the US. "The road ahead will be hard and challenging and we know that critics will try to minimise the work that we've achieved".
The secretary is under pressure to deliver a more concrete disarmament plan to flesh out the two leaders' vague, 1-1/2 page document that provided no timetable for dismantling North Korea's nuclear arsenal.
Many experts doubt Kim's sincerity - a nuclear deterrent to the United States military forces massed in South Korea has always been a strategic goal of his isolated, autocratic regime - and few expect this to be a quick process, even if Washington wants results within a year. He did not reply when a reporter asked him at the start of that breakfast meeting to respond to North Korea's statement.
Prior to North Korea's comments this afternoon, Pompeo had said: "These are complicated issues but we made progress on nearly all of the central issues".
Kim said he heard Pompeo was "quite pleased" with the two sides' first meeting, but dropped a warning that "there are things that I have to clarify". He said his discussions had been productive and conducted in good faith, but he allowed that much more work needed to be done.
"But a rushed summit and demands that NK denuclearize in short order or else is not a serious test of diplomacy", Haass tweeted.
But Pompeo said Saturday that North Korea remained "equally committed" to denuclearization. Trump pledged a halt to large-scale military drills with South Korea during denuclearization talks with North Korea. "At the same time we have reaffirmed that the global community will continue to fully implement relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions", Kono said.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stressed the importance of a comprehensive resolution of issues related to North Korea during his meeting with Pompeo.
Pompeo also said the date could move by one or two days, . and the process will begin to develop in the days to come. "This really shows the unwavering bond of the Japan-U.S. alliance".
Pompeo sought to dispel suggestions that the Trump administration has backed down from demanding the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of the North's nuclear weapons.
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It urged more bold steps from the USA, saying that the shorter way to denuclearization is to break away from old ways and build trust in each other.
Meanwhile, North Korea says it disagrees with the US calls for denuclearization, and called the discussions with Pompeo very concerning.
He said talks had yielded an agreement to form a "working level" group to oversee day-to-day interactions between the United States and North Korea. She said the two sides had also discussed the return of the remains of USA troops killed during the Korean War.
The outcome of the discussions was "worrisome", the country's statement said.
However, it said that it could not help but feel regret about the attitude and stance the US had.
'At this point, even to get the North Koreans to follow through with the return of Korean War-era MIA remains, would feel like a big win for Pompeo, even though it wouldn't affect the nuclear threat'.