U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will leave for another visit to North Korea on July 5, the White House announced on Monday during a regular press briefing in Washington.
Pompeo indicated in mid-June that another visit to the North Korean capital was on the cards, with the trip marking his third to the DPRK since April.
“To continue the ongoing and important work of denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, Secretary Pompeo will be leaving for North Korea on July 5 to meet with the North Korean leader and his team,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.
The White House also declined to comment on recent U.S. media reports citing anonymous intelligence officials who did not believe the DPRK would fully denuclearize and satellite imagery, which indicated Pyongyang continues to develop its weapons facilities.
“We aren’t going to confirm or deny any intelligence reports. All we can tell you is we are continuing to make progress,” Sanders told reporters.
Sanders added that a recent lack of obvious provocations was evidence for the continuing goodwill between the two countries.
“In the last eight months you haven’t seen missile launches, you haven’t seen nuclear detonations and again these conversations are continuing to evolve,” Sanders said.
“There’s great momentum right now and we are moving forward together for positive change.”
Pompeo previously visited North Korea in April as the head of the CIA, and then a second time in May in his new role as Secretary of State.
During his previous remarks on the visit, Pompeo indicated that the focus would be on developing the agreements made at the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
While the meeting was the first between a sitting president and a DPRK leader, the resulting joint declaration was light on detail and did not appear to include any timelines on the “denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
“There’s a lot of work between here and there. My team is already doing it,” Pompeo said during an address to business leaders in Detroit.
The White House added on Monday that the State Department would provide further information on Pompeo’s visit in the coming days.
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