>> U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he saw steps forward in his latest sit down with North Korea's leader on Sunday. He Tweeted out that he met with Kim Jong-un and the two made progress on agreements made at the Singapore Summit. Kim had pledged that his June meeting with President Donald Trump to work towards the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
Washington has demanded that Kim take up irreversible steps to completely give up his arsenal. So far, the Supreme Leader has fallen short of that this year, and it's left the two sides in a diplomatic stalemate. South Korea has suggested to break the deadlock, Pompeo should avoid his previous demands for an inventory of North Korea's nuclear weapons.
However, when asked last week about his negotiation plans on Sunday, Pompeo declined to give details. Meanwhile, Trump has seemed interested in a second summit with Kim, who the President had glowing praise for last week.>> When I did it, and I was really being tough, and so was he.
And we'd go back and forth. And then we fell in love, okay? No, really. He wrote me beautiful letters.>> However, the two sides are far from a compromise. Pompeo recently angered the North by saying global sanctions should stay in place until it gives up nuclear weapons. Pyongyang foreign minister told the US last month those sanctions were deepening its mistrust of America and there was no way it would give up its nuclear stock pile under such circumstances.
After leaving the North, Pompeo is set to visit South Korea, and then on to Beijing. Last week he said despite US tension with China, they will be, quote, part of the solution to the North Korean crisis.