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October 4, 2018

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is heading back to North Korea for another round of talks aimed at getting Kim Jong Un to give up nuclear weapons.

Previous meeting: Mike Pompeo and Kim Jong-Un shook hands in a breakthrough meeting In April.

According to Fox News, Pompeo will meet with Kim Sunday as part of his week-long trip to Asia that includes official stops in Japan, South Korea, and China.

Pompeo's return to Pyongyang comes in line with his meeting with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly last week.

"It shows forward progress and momentum that the secretary is making his fourth trip back in less than a year", a State Department spokeswoman said.

During a news conference at the State Department on Wednesday, . the top USA diplomat said he was "very happy to be going back to get another chance to continue to advance the commitment" that the leaders of North Korea and the US made back in their June summit in Singapore. Earlier, Trump had postponed Pompeo's trip, citing a lack of progress on denuclearization.

-North Korea consensus on denuclearization is critical in meeting this commitment.

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"I'm optimistic that we'll come away from that with better understandings, deeper progress and a plan forward, not only for the summit between the two leaders, but for us to continue the efforts to build out a pathway for denuclearization".

"In fact, Pompeo and Kim's meeting Sunday could be a make-or-break event for US-North Korea relations - especially if it were to go badly". North Korea has called for an end-of-war declaration from the United States, but it has increasingly made clear it wants more than that in return for dismantling the Yongbyon nuclear compound - namely, the easing of sanctions.

On Saturday, Trump lavished praise on Kim - considered by human rights groups to be one of the world's most repressive leaders - and said they had fallen "in love" after the exchange of letters.

"We want it fast, but we're not going to play the time game", he said, adding that his reference last month to 2021 was repeating a comment made by the North and South Korean leaders at a summit last month in Pyongyang.

North Korea has complained on a weekly basis about the continued U.S. and global sanctions placed on the country, and on Thursday said the measures were a "source of mistrust".

"There is nothing the USA could get from sanctions and it is no [one] other than them who will be put at disadvantage", the Rodong Sinmun, the official mouthpiece of the ruling Workers' Party, said in an editorial.

Pompeo stressed that in the meantime worldwide sanctions would have to remain in place on North Korea. "These are possible agreements that I think were made between the two countries prior to Pompeo's visit", he said.

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