Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began his first trip to #Pyongyang since President Trump's summit with leader Kim Jong Un last month with a vow to nail down the specifics of Kim's commitments on denuclearization.…
On the flight to Pyongyang, Pompeo said both sides made commitments at the Singapore summit on the complete denuclearization of North Korea and on what a transformed bilateral relationship might look like.
"On this trip, I'm seeking to fill in some details on these commitments and continue the momentum toward implementation of what the two leaders promised each other and the world. I expect that the DPRK is ready to do the same," Pompeo said.…

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