>> US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday wrapped up two days of historic talks with a top North Korean official and sounded a cautious but optimistic note.>> This is a difficult, difficult challenge. Make no mistake about it. There remains a great deal of work to do.
And we made progress here as well as at the same time made progress in the other venues that conversations were taking place.>> The two men met in New York City in an effort to lay the groundwork for a possible summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The US has demanded North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons program and missile tests. It's still unclear how far Pyongyang is willing to go in that direction, and whether the US sees any point in pushing ahead without assurances Kim is at least open to the idea. Reuters foreign affairs editor Yara Bayoumy was at Pompeo's press conference in New York.
>> Pompeo was very realistic in saying that there were very tough moments in his talks with the North Koreans, but he did also say that there was some really good progress made in the last few days.>> There will be difficult times, I've had some difficult conversations with them as well, they've given it right back to me too.
Our mission is to bridge them so that we can achieve this historic outcome.>> Pompeo wasn't concrete after he came out of his talks with the North Korean Vice Chairman on Thursday. All he would say was that there was really good progress that was made in the last 72 hours.
The administration seems optimistic that the on again off again summit for now is at least probably going to be on.>> Thank you very much.>> Thank you so much.>> June 12 remains a tentative date for a possible meeting between Trump and Kim in Singapore. Trump on Thursday told Reuters he hopes the unprecedented talks would take place, but said it was unlikely a deal would get done in a single meeting.
The North Korean delegation will travel to the White House on Friday to hand-deliver a letter to Trump from Kim.