According to a Washington Post report, nominee for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with North Korean president Kim Jong Un in the hermit kingdom over Easter weekend.
The meeting was top-secret, and the goal was to lay the foundation for peace talks between the United States and North Korea, the most isolated and unpredictable nation on earth.
Since Pompeo’s visit, it has been confirmed that Kim is willing talk about denuclearization in a meeting that will “probably” take place in late May, according to President Donald J. Trump.
Pompeo said during his confirmation hearing in front of the Senate that regime change was not the goal of United States in North Korea. His meeting in Pyongyang fits with that narrative.
“We have a responsibility to achieve a condition where Kim Jong Un is unable to threaten the United States of America with a nuclear weapon,” he said. “I have never advocated for regime change. I am not advocating for regime change.”
The United States has never had formal diplomatic relations with North Korea.
This story is developing.
WATCH – Mike Pompeo stating his position on North Korean regime change in his Senate confirmation hearing: