US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, prior to his North Korea visit told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, he would raise the matter of the abductions of Japanese citizens when he arrives in Pyongyang on October 7, 2018.
Mr. Pompeo told the Japanese Prime Minister, “We will have a fully coordinated, unified view of how to proceed, which will be what is needed if it is going to be successful in denuclearizing North Korea. We will bring up the issue of the abductees as well.”
Our correspondent from Japan, quoting Reuters said, Pompeo has also vowed of working closely with Japan amid denuclearization talks with North Korea.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe thanked the US Secretary of State for visiting Japan prior to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Mike Pompeo’s Sunday’s trip to North Korea will mark his first trip since President Donald Trump scrapped his planned visit in August.
Pompeo will discuss a second summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in the United States, which may take place in December this year. Meanwhile, there were media reports claiming, the US Secretary of State may discuss a declaration to call an official end to the Korean War during this trip. But a source in Washington told Blitz that Mr. Pompeo may not raise the issue of a declaration of an end to the Korean War. Such announcement most likely will come following the second meeting between the US President and the North Korean leader.
The source added, President Trump personally has a positive impression on the North Korean leader and is optimistic; Mr. Kim Jong Un would sincerely push forward the ongoing peace process.
Mike Pompeo, while speaking to reporters in the US early this week, commenting on Trump-Kim second summit said, in his sit-down with the North Korean leader, Pompeo is expected to discuss plans for a second summit between Trump and Kim. Pompeo, speaking to reporters earlier this week, would not say whether he would discuss a declaration to call an official end to the Korean War.
He said, “I’m not going to comment on the progress of the negotiations on the end-of-war declaration or any other items, only to say this: I’m very happy to be going back to get another chance to continue to advance the commitment that Chairman Kim and President Trump made back in Singapore in the second week of June.”
“I’m optimistic that we’ll come away from that with better understandings, deeper progress, and a plan forward not only for the summit between the two leaders, but for us to continue the efforts to build out a pathway for denuclearization,” he added.
President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are playing important role in establishing lasting peace in the Korean Peninsula.
Commenting on the possibility of a success in Trump-Mike efforts in establishing peace in the Korean Peninsula, editor of Blitz, Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury said, “I know Mike Pompeo for many years and he is a great friend of mine. What I know, he is an excellent leader with praiseworthy dynamism. I have seen him as a very effective and successful individual when he was a member of the United States Congress. He is sincere and extremely focused. So, I have all the reason to believe, the ongoing efforts of President Trump and Mike Pompeo will bring a grand success and will succeed in establishing permanent peace in the Korean Peninsula. At the same time, I would appeal to the US policymakers to have confidence in Chairman Kim Jong Un, as he too is sincere about establishing peace.”
Mr. Choudhury also called upon Washington to effectively consider lifting existing sanctions on Pyongyang in order to give confidence, which would play decisive role in establishing peace. He thanked South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the people for their sincere willingness in seeing an end to the decade-old enmity between the Koreans.
Choudhury said, “To my knowledge, people in the Korean Peninsula are tired of the hostility and threats of war. They want a permanent solution to this crisis. President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be remembered as heroes by the Koreans once the peace process sees success.”