Secretary of State nominee and current CIA Director Mike Pompeo held secret, high-level talks with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un over Easter Weekend; clearing the path for upcoming negotiations between the despot and President Trump.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the CIA chief spoke with Kim regarding next month’s high-stakes meeting with Trump, as well as the full denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and the possible end of the 68-year-long Korean War.
“I’m optimistic that the United States government can set the conditions for that appropriately so that the president and the North Korean leader can have that conversation will set us down the course of achieving a diplomatic outcome that America so desperately – America and the world so desperately need,” Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during his confirmation hearings earlier this month.
“We have had direct talks at very high levels, extremely high levels with North Korea,” Trump said during his recent trip to Florida, refusing to confirm or deny the meeting.
North and South Korean officials are prepared to announce an official end to the decades long Korean War this week; ending a military conflict between the two nations that have technically been at war since 1950.
According to CNBC, North and South Korean authorities are in talks to end hostilities ahead of next week’s historic meeting between communist dictator Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Lawmakers from the two countries are huddling in high-level talks to formalize a joint announcement officially ending the nearly 70-year conflict; discussing specific language that would end the “truce” that stopped the armed conflict and forge a lasting “peace treaty.”
“Pyongyang and Seoul have technically been at war since the 1950-1953 Korean conflict ended with a truce — and not a peace treaty. Geopolitical tensions have occasionally flared up since the armistice, although to date both countries have managed to avoid another devastating conflict,” writes CNBC.
The summit between Kim and Moon Jae-in will set the stage for the North Korean dictator’s meeting with President Trump next month; the first time the leaders of North Korea and the United States will meet face-to-face.
Reported by: Hannity/Fox News