>> The US is ready to restart negotiations with North Korea immediately. That's according to a statement on Wednesday by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. That vow coming on the heels of a third North and South Korean summit Wednesday, where Kim Jong-un pledged to denuclearize and also to allow outside inspectors into the North.
Pompeo said the aim was to complete denuclearization of North Korea by January, 2021. North Korea's pledge at the summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Jong-un drew an enthusiastic response from President Donald Trump.>> And now we have a lot of progress.>> Although some US officials and experts still remain skeptical.
While Trump had previously hailed his landmark June 12th summit with Kim as a success and said the North Korean nuclear threat was over, relations have been rocky. And a visit by Pompeo to Pyongyang in July only prompted North Korea's to accuse him of making quote, unilateral and gangster-like demands for denuclearization.
Last month, Trump canceled Pompeo's visit to Pyongyang, citing lack of progress. But Pompeo on Wednesday said he invited North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho to meet in New York next week, where they're both scheduled to attend a United Nations gathering of world leaders.