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President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, who is helping with negotiations, said there will be another meeting between the two leaders as soon as possible. And most casual observers, after watching last year's run of increasingly powerful weapons tests, would probably agree.

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In Pyongyang on Sunday for his fourth trip in less than a year, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The United States has customarily been wary about signing a peace treaty - a demand that North Korea has been making for decades - partly on the basis that such a deal could invalidate the presence of USA troops in South Korea.

An official on the latest visit to Pyongyang with Pompeo said the trip was "better than the last time", but added: "It's going to be a long haul".

"And it's a slippery slope then to question the presence of US forces on the peninsula".

"That could mean the administration offers, and North Korea accepts, a political declaration that ends the Korean War in exchange for a big action toward denuclearization, such as the closing of the Yongbyon nuclear complex".

These experts have studied the US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, and watched the fate of late Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi, who was lauded by USA officials for giving up his nuclear development program in 2003 before being killed in 2011 during a revolution. Kim asked through an interpreter as they walked toward the banquet hall. The leaders hailed major agreements toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, but little progress, if any, has been made since. There is no form of pressure that can convince them to budge on this, no promise that will seduce them into compliance. It has not taken any steps to halt nuclear weapons or missile development.

"It is unlikely he will get into the necessary negotiating to make progress on reducing the wide chasm between the U.S". The Secretary of State then put his hand on Kim's shoulder and the pair smiled.

While in Pyongyang, Pompeo was expected to lay the groundwork for a second summit between Kim and the US President. As a step toward that goal, he is believed to have been asking for Pyongyang to supply a list of its nuclear and missile facilities.

Speaking ahead of his talks, Pompeo said it was important for him before travelling to Pyongyang that the two allies were 'fully in sync'.

"The only possible exception", he wrote, "is the president himself".

Both the USA and South Korea have insisted they are in lockstep on North Korea. That means treating the North's nuclear program as temporary, not permanent.

The top United States diplomat offered no details, and, upon landing in South Korea, he briefed White House national security adviser John Bolton and Trump chief of staff John Kelly on his trip, officials said.

In the past few days, North Korea has also renewed its demands for sanctions to be eased.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said here on Sunday that his talks in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) were productive.

The governments of both North and South Korea, however, say that is unrealistic. South Korea, which was then opposed to ending the war with the peninsula still divided, did not sign. "It can't surrender its statehood to the North either", Cheon said.

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