Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is back in North Korea, his third visit to the isolated communist country for talks with senior officials.Analysts say the top US diplomat is under pressure to come back with tangible results this time, after President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un agreed last month to work toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
“The statement coming out of the Trump Kim summit in Singapore was very vague, and it didn’t necessarily point to any particular action or process to follow. So what Pompeo has to do is create a process at the working, senior working levels, how do we going to do this technically, how do we set up verification?I think it you know they criticizes the Iran deal, but the verification for North Korea has to be even stronger than Iran.
Pompeo said he is counting on productive meetings with North Korean vice chairman Kim Yong Chol.And that Trump believes Kim sees a very different future for his country. Experts say a first step would be for North Korea to reveal exactly what kind of arsenal they have.
“It would be a logical step for Secretary of State Pompeo, when he travels to Pyongyang this week to insist on North Korea, providing a full inventory of its nuclear and missile programs.And then asking that inspectors be allowed to enter the country at a future date to verify the inventory that North Korea has provided.”
Experts say if Kim Jong-un really wants a different prosperous future for his impoverished country,Pompeo will be able to get firm commitments on denuclearization and this visit may show how serious the North Korean leader really is.
Cindy Saine VOA News Washington.