Pompeo visited North Korea this week as part of the ongoing diplomatic efforts between the US and North Korea, according to the US State Department. Pompeo and North Korean officials discussed repatriating the soldiers' remains and denuclearization, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Friday evening.
After leaving the negotiating venue, Pompeo made a secure phone call to US President Donald Trump to brief him on the meeting, according to pool reporters.
While Trump promised that the return of soldiers' remains from the Korean War in the 1950s was happening shortly after he met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12, Pompeo told the US Senate in late June that Pyongyang had yet to deliver them. "We have not yet physically received them," America's top diplomat told the Senate Appropriations Committee June 29.
On Friday, Kyodo news agency reported that the second meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un may take place in Switzerland
The sources told the media outlet that over the next six months Pyongyang was expected to actively engage in negotiations with Washington, Beijing and Seoul, and that is why North Korean officials were sent to various Swiss cities to find potential venues for talks.
On Thursday, US President Donald Trump said he was getting along well with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un and expected him to get rid of nuclear weapons. Tump also said that his North Korea policy could never cause a war in the Korean peninsula and accused his predecessor, Barack Obama, of putting millions at risk in the South when he chose confrontation with Pyongyang over dialogue.