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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is now scheduled to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sunday where the men are expected to negotiate another summit between Trump and Kim.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters on Tuesday that Pompeo will meet with Kim on Sunday, following a daylong visit to Japan.
"It looks like we'll have a second summit quite soon", he said.
Pompeo's visit comes ahead of a planned second summit between Kim and President Donald Trump.
Nauert initially announced plans for Pompeo's trip last month after he met with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
"The KCNA commentary shows that North Korea is constantly raising their demands", said Woo Jung-yeop, a researcher at South Korea's Sejong Institute.
US officials have said the sanctions will remain in place until North Korea has "fully" and "verifiably" denuclearized. But he added that much work remains to be done and that the sanctions against North Korea will stay in place "until denuclearization occurs".
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The summit resulted in a joint statement in which North Korea expressed willingness for a "permanent" dismantling of its main nuclear facility in Nyongbyon - if the United States takes corresponding measures - and the dismantling of a missile engine test site and launch pad in northwestern North Korea. Washington has also resisted calls to relax tough global sanctions.
Pompeo, who's preparing for a trip to North Korea, said 2021 wasn't his goal. "So I was reiterating this as a time line that they were potentially prepared to agree to", Pompeo said at the State Department.
After the trip to Pyongyang, Pompeo will head later Sunday to Seoul, where he will meet President Moon Jae-in, a dove who has helped spearhead the reconciliation efforts with North Korea.
Refusing to say that talks with the DPRK has been stalled, she said "the secretary and the president said we're not going to set arbitrary deadlines in the interim". He said there should be no sanctions relief until there's at least "concrete steps" toward denuclearization. "And we would go back and forth", Trump said during a rally in West Virginia. Last week, Trump accused China of seeking to meddle in the November 6 US congressional elections, saying it did not want his Republican Party to do well.
While chairing a meeting of the UN Security Council on September 27, Pompeo urged countries to fully implement UN sanctions until North Korea was fully denuclearized.
"In any relationship you have your high points, you have your medium points and with some countries you have your low points", she said.
"I think if our leaders have relatively friendly relations, that that's a good thing", she said.
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