Pompeo’s critical meetings to save Trump’s North Korean summit

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The secretary of state is in New York to sit down with the highest-ranking North Korean official to visit the U.S. since 2000.

As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dined in New York on Wednesday night with Kim Jong Un’s right-hand man in an effort to salvage President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korea, a senior State Department official said the U.S. was still looking for complete and verifiable denuclearization from Pyongyang.

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to brief reporters, said the major goal of the meetings between Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol, a former intelligence chief and current vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party, was to figure out how to persuade North Korea to get rid of its nuclear weapons and missile programs.

When pressed over how long that could take, the official said, “That’s what they’re talking about.”

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