Trump says North Korea summit plans advancing

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that preparations were advancing for a first-ever summit with North Korea after CIA Director Mike Pompeo visited Pyongyang and formed a “good relationship” with its leader Kim Jong Un.
Pompeo, who Trump has nominated to become his next secretary of state, became the first US official known to have met Kim when he flew to Pyongyang to lay the groundwork the planned summit in which the US president hopes to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.
“Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea,” Trump tweeted. “Meeting went very smoothly and a good relationship was formed. Details of Summit are being worked out now. Denuclearisation will be a great thing for World, but also for North Korea!”
Trump said the meeting took place last week, but US officials said Pompeo actually visited over the Easter weekend, which ran from March 31 to April 2.
The trip, which followed a North Korean invitation, was first broached through intelligence channels that his staff was using with North Korea’s spy service, a US official said.
It provides the strongest sign yet of Trump’s willingness to become the first serving US president to meet a North Korean leader as he seeks to resolve a crisis over Pyongyang’s development of nuclear missiles capable of hitting the US.