>> The nomination is confirmed.>> Not long after an unusually close Senate confirmation on Thursday, the White House released two photos of new US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo with North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. The photos taken during the former CIA director's historic trip to Pyong Yang earlier this month Reuters correspondent, David Brunnstrom.
>> The release of the photos comes just ahead of a summit between North and South Korea, which could lead to another summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un. The release of these pictures now, the timing is interesting it comes just as Mike Pompeo has been confirmed as secretary of state and it really emphasizes the important role he's gonna be playing alongside Donald Trump in dealing with the North Koreans.
>> Pompeo has been heavily involved in the preparations for the planned Trump-Kim summit, the meeting would be the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader. Trump hopes to persuade Kim to give up his nuclear missiles, which North Korea says are capable of reaching the US.
>> Achieving any sort of progress with North Korea will be a great boost for President Trump, I don't think the importance can really be underestimated. Just a few months ago there was talk in Washington that the United States was contemplating preventative military strikes on North Korea. So any progress towards peace will be a great boost to everybody and not just president Trump.
>> The White House also posted a black and white photo of Pompeo watching his narrow confirmation by the senate to become the top US diplomat and Pompeo's diving right in. Other than the summit, Iran is an immediate issue, Trump must decide by May 12 whether to restore sanctions on Iran which would be a severe blow to the nuclear deal which in the past, Pompeo said he opposed.