CIA lays groundwork for Trump-Kim meeting

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on his nomination to be Secretary of State, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 12, 2018

CIA lays groundwork for Trump-Kim meeting


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CIA boss Mike Pompeo held secret meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during Easter, laying the ground for a meeting with President Donald Trump, US media reported on Tuesday.

Confirming President Trump’s announcement of high-level talks with Pyongyang, the administration publicized a visit by the newly appointed Director of the CIA in North Korea over the Easter holidays. It is now believed that President Trump could be the first US President to meet the North Korean leader Kim Jon Un sometime in May, Reuters reports.

Speaking to reporters at his Florida Mar-a-Lago resort on Tuesday, Trump announced “extremely high level” direct talks with the regime. Trump called the meeting “a chance” to solve a world problem.

President Trump publicly talked the possibility of a personal meeting with the leader of the North Korean regime in March. He also said that he approves of ongoing negotiations between South and North Korea aiming to end the Korean War, which is not technically over since the 1953 armistice.

Japan’s President Abe welcomed the meeting with Kim Jong Un, hailing the move as “courageous.” Kim Jong Un has pronounced Korea a “responsible” nuclear power calling for the de-escalation of the military buildup in the region.

Chinese President Xi Jinping apparently plans his own visit in Pyongyang, CNN reports.

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