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>> Kim Jung Un gave a thumbs up to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's latest visit to North Korea. State media on Monday say Kim called their meeting productive and wonderful. That's a shift in tone from North Korean headlines after previous talks where they accused Pompeo of making gangster-like demands.
The top US diplomat touched down in Pyongyang for more than three hours of talks the day before, aimed at a breakthrough in nuclear negotiations that had hit gridlock. In the talks, Pompeo and Kim agreed to arrange a second summit between the Supreme Leader and President Donald Trump, quote, as soon as possible.
That's what the office of South Korea's leader, Moon Jae-in said. Pompeo met with Moon hours after Kim. The South also said Kim discussed allowing US monitoring of North Korea's steps towards denuclearization, and the US State Department said Kim had also invited inspectors to visit the North's nuclear test site, and confirm it had been irreversibly dismantled.
Pyongyang invited journalists to witness the destruction of that site in May. The North State media say Kim also believes the dialogue between the two countries would move forward, quote, based on the deep confidence between himself and Trump. He also thanked the President for working to make good on what was agreed at their June summit in Singapore.
A US official who was part of Pompeo's delegation said the trip was better than last time, but also that it's going to be a long haul. Pompeo next heads to China where he is slated to meet with President Xi Jinping in Beijing.