President Trump confirmed Thursday afternoon that CIA director Mike Pompeo wasn’t scheduled to meet North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un during his secret visit to Asia; adding the two men spoke “for over an hour” and had a “great meeting.”
The President was speaking with reporters at the White House when he revealed details of Pompeo’s “surprise” trip, saying “it was more than a hello.”
“Mike Pompeo did go there. He wasn’t supposed to meet with Kim Jong Un but he did. He, you know, they arranged actually while he was there to say hello. We have incredible pictures of the two talking and meeting, which I would love to release if we can,” Trump told Fox News Thursday morning.
“It was more than hello. They got along. They were with each other more than an hour. They spoke. He also spoke with his counterparts in North Korea. They had a great meeting. He then left. It was very, very secret. It was very quiet,” Trump added.
The President’s comments come just weeks before he’s set to meet Kim Jong Un at an undetermined location; the first face-to-face meeting between the leaders of the US and North Korea in history.
PEACE IN KOREA: North and South Korea INSTALL HISTORIC Hotline Between Leaders
North and South Korea have opened a historic hotline directly linking the two leaders ahead of next week’s high-stakes summit; potentially clearing a path towards the official end of the 68-year long Korean War.
According to Fox News, the hotline is a direct link between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un; a major step towards de-escalating tensions in the region following North Korea’s multiple nuclear and missile tests.
“The historic direct telephone line between the leaders of the South and North was connected a short while ago,” confirmed South Korean officials.
“The test call went on for 4 minutes and 19 seconds starting at 3:41 p.m. with (officials from) both sides speaking to each other … The connection was smooth and the voice quality was very good. It was like calling next door,” he said.
Military experts say the hotline is reminiscent of the private links between Moscow and Washington during the Cold War, when each leader had a direct method of contacting each other in the event of a potential nuclear strike.
PEACE IN KOREA: North and South Korean Leaders to Meet at DMZ Friday
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will meet this week for the first time in more than 10 years; sparking speculation the two leaders are poised to announce the official end of the 68 year-long Korean War.
According to Reuters, delegations from the two warring nations plan to hold high-level talks at the heavily fortified de-militarized zone that separates North and South Korea, where a ‘South Korean Honor Guard’ will escort officials to a welcome ceremony at the border city of Panmunjom.
“This summit will focus more on denuclearisation and securing of permanent peace than anything else,” said Moon’s chief of staff. “I feel North Korea is sending their key military officials to the summit as they too, believe denuclearisation and peace are important.”
The North Korean despot will be accompanied by his sister, a widely popular figure in the South following her highly-praised publicity tour during the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Earlier this month, President Trump gave his “blessings” for the two countries to meet and discuss an end to the Korean War; setting the stage for Trump’s high-stakes meeting with Kim Jong Un in the coming weeks.