Trump enthusiastic at North Korea missile pledge, others doubtful

Mr Pompeo is arranging meetings with North Korean officials with the aim of completing North Korea’s denuclearisation by January 2021

"Prior to my coming into office, a lot of people thought we were going - it was inevitable - we were going to war in North Korea", he said.

The United States has also invited North Korean representatives to meet with the U.S. Special Representative for North Korea in Vienna at the "earliest opportunity", Pompeo said. "It is very much calmed down", Trump said. Kim vowed to move toward denuclearization if the United States takes steps of its own.

"We have agreed to make the Korean peninsula a land of peace free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threats", Kim told reporters during the joint announcement with President Moon.

Pompeo's statement came after the North and South Korean leaders met for a third summit and declared that progress had been made in efforts to normalize relations.

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday said USA relations with North Korea are making "tremendous progress" from the days before his presidency when the two countries appeared close to "going to war".

The statement came after the North's leader Kim Jong Un agreed to make a historic visit to Seoul soon and close a missile testing site in front of global inspectors in a meeting with the South's President Moon Jae-in.

"This will mark the beginning of negotiations to transform U.S. -DPRK relations through the process of rapid denuclearization of North Korea, to be completed by January 2021, as committed by Chairman Kim", Pompeo continued, "and to construct a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula".

The North's offer to close the Yongbyong facility was coupled with a pledge to permanently shut down its missile engine testing facility and launch pad under the watchful eye of global experts. Trump canceled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's trip to Pyongyang last month over the impasse.

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