>> CIA Director Mike Pompeo's cloak and dagger meeting with North Korea´s Kim Jong-Un earlier this month was a bold gambling for President Donald Trump on the world stage.>> Had a great meeting with Kim Jong-Un. And got along with him really well, really great.>> But will the pay off justify the risks?
Reporter Max Patonix says news of Pompeo's surprise trip has raised expectations for a potential Trump, Kim summit that could be hard to meet.>> Trump sent Pompeo, his nominee for Secretary of State and one of his most trusted inner circle members, to Pyongyang to meet directly with Kim.
That puts the administration's prestige on the line and increases the pressure for this to be a productive summit when and if it does come about. And so they have a very high stake in it. But we also know that there are still large differences between the two sides.
>> High level officials who have gone to Pyongyang in the past usually get something concrete in return. When President Barrack Obama sent then Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, he secured the release of imprisoned Americans. On the face of it, Pompeo did not get anything other than the meeting itself and the prospect of more talks.
Despite the risks, Trump officials insist the trip was still worth it if it leads to what both sides refer to as denuclearization, something US Presidents have pursued for decades. The problem is denuclearization means something very different in Pyongyang than it does in Washington.>> There is a major difference of definition.
Kim Jong-un and company are really looking at this as a chance to denuclearize the Peninsula in a way that that US forces abandon their posts. The Trump administration wants Kim Jong-Un to completely give up his nuclear weapons.>> And if the two can't even agree on what the goal is, experts say the odds of talks leading anywhere are stacked against the kind of major victory Trump has in his sights.
>> Some point in the not too distant future.