Pompeo hopes for new N.Korea summit in ‘coming months’

WASHINGTON, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

voiced hope that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump

will meet again in the coming months and make significant headway on ending

Pyongyang's nuclear program.

In an interview broadcast Monday, the top US diplomat cautioned it was

difficult to know the timing of a third USNorth Korea summit but said: It's

in America's best interest to resolve this as quickly as we can.

I would hope in the coming months our two leaders will be back together

in a way that we can achieve a substantive first step or a substantive

big step along the path to denuclearization, he told radio station WHP 580

in Pennsylvania's capital Harrisburg.

Then the final, fully denuclearized North Korean peninsula can be

realized, at which time, as President Trump said, there'll be a brighter

future for the North Korean people. It's just hard to know what the timing

will be, he said.

Trump and Kim met for the first time in June 2018, a landmark first summit

between the two countries that never formally ended the 195053 Korean War.

A followup summit in February in Hanoi abruptly ended early, with Trump

heeding his aides and refusing to lift sanctions until North Korea takes

significant steps to denuclearize.

Trump, however, has said that he still is fond of North Korea's

authoritarian young leader and recently intervened to stop the imposition of

tighter US sanctions.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)