Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he’s confident that U.S. talks with North Korea will resume ‘‘sometime in the next week.’’
Pompeo says he doesn’t know the exact timing. Speaking in Seoul, he says he expects it to happen fairly quickly after he and the North Koreans return to their nations. Pompeo returns late Thursday to the U.S.
He says President Donald Trump is ‘‘in the lead’’ but that ‘‘I will be the person who takes the role of driving this process forward.’’
He says much more work has been done by the U.S. and North Korean that couldn’t be encapsulated in the Trump-Kim Jong Un statement. So he says teams will now work to make more progress on those items.
Earlier, President Donald Trump said on Twitter, ‘‘There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea,’’ as he returns to the United States after his historic summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un.
Trump announced during the trip that he would freeze what he called “war games,” joint military exercises with South Korea. Secretary of State mike Pompeo added a caveat Tuesday that the exercises would resume if North Korea stopped negotiating in good faith.
In his Tuesday tweet, Trump said before he took office, ‘‘people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea,’’ and President Barack Obama said North Korea was the nation’s biggest problem.
Trump and Kim signed an agreement to work toward denuclearization, but it appears weaker than past deals that failed. Independent experts estimate North Korea now has enough fissile material for 20 to 60 bombs, and it has tested missiles that could potentially deliver a nuclear weapon to the U.S. mainland.