Mike Pompeo to brief South Korea's Moon Jae In on outcome of Trump-Kim summit

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (centre) at the Capella Singapore during a press conference, on June 12, 2018.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (centre) at the Capella Singapore during a press conference, on June 12, 2018.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SEOUL - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will personally brief South Korean President Moon Jae In on the outcome of the historic US-North Korea summit, an official from Mr Moon's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said on Wednesday (June 13).

The top US diplomat was set to arrive in Seoul later in the day, Yonhap news agency reported.

 

"Secretary Pompeo is scheduled to visit Cheong Wa Dae on Thursday. The president will likely meet him personally," the Cheong Wa Dae official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Mr Moon was given a personal account of the US-North Korea summit from US President Donald Trump himself in a 20-minute telephone conversation, held only hours after Mr Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on Tuesday.

Mr Pompeo is expected to give a more detailed account of the first-ever US-North Korea summit to Mr Moon and his South Korean counterparts, the Cheong Wa Dae official noted.

In a joint statement issued after their historic summit, Mr Trump and Mr Kim said they agreed to improve their countries' relationship, a move that would inevitably require a formal end to the Korean War, in which nearly half a million American troops fought with their South Korean allies.

The Cheong Wa Dae official said there were no immediate plans for three-way talks between the two Koreas and the United States to officially end the 1950-53 war or implement other agreements between Washington and Pyongyang.

 
 

Also, no dialogue has been scheduled between Mr Moon and Mr Kim, the official added.

In his second and last telephone conversation with Mr Trump in just two days, Moon offered to discuss a joint excavation programme with North Korea to recover the remains of US soldiers killed or captured in the Korean War, Cheong Wa Dae said earlier.