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North Korea: Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong-un over Easter, Trump confirms

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North Korea: Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong-un over Easter, Trump confirms

Julian Borger in Washington

the Guardian | Wed 18 Apr 2018 02.21 EDT First published on Tue 17 Apr 2018 18.06 EDT

Mike Pompeo, the director of the CIA, had a secret meeting with Kim Jong-un in North Korea over Easter as part of an effort to lay the groundwork for direct talks between Donald Trump and Kim.

The US president confirmed the meeting early on Wednesday morning, tweeting:

On Tuesday night two people with direct knowledge of the trip told the Washington Post that Pompeo met the North Korean leader over Easter while other outlets including the Associated Press news agency carried reports saying the visit was confirmed to them by US officials.

The mission came soon after Pompeo was nominated to be secretary of state. It is the highest level meeting between the two countries since 2000, when then secretary of state Madeleine Albright met Kim Jong-il, Kim’s father, in Pyongyang. It also marks the first time the previously reclusive Kim Jong-un has met a senior western official.


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