North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un held a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Pyongyang with all smiles, after which the U.S. official returned home, bringing with him three U.S. citizens—all ethnic Koreans—released by North Korea after they were imprisoned for more than a year in the reclusive communist state.
Footage of the meeting between Kim and Pompeo in North Korea, the second of its kind in just over a month, was released by North Korea’s state broadcaster Korean Central Television on May 10 as Washington and Pyongyang are preparing for their leaders’ historic summit talks.
The footage shows Kim greeting the U.S. secretary with all smiles and their meeting was held in a congenial atmosphere.
“I had productive meetings in Pyongyang with Chairman Kim Jong-un and made progress. I’m delighted to bring home three Americans,” Pompeo wrote on Twitter. He said he traveled back to North Korea at the invitation of North Korean officials.
I had productive meetings in Pyongyang with Chairman Kim Jong-un and made progress. I'm delighted to bring home three Americans.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) May 9, 2018
The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th. We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2018
Pompeo’s visit to North Korea followed Kim’s surprise visit to China earlier this week for his second meeting with President Xi Jinping in about 40 days.
Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump has announced that his highly anticipated meeting with Kim will take place in Singapore on June 12.
“We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!” he said via Twitter.