Pompeo heads to North Korea seeking denuclearization steps

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo leaves Thursday for North Korea to get Pyongyang to agree to concrete steps toward denuclearization. Pompeo will meet with North Korean officials on Friday and Saturday. He is under pressure to get North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to follow through on the pledge he made in his June summit with President Trump to work toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Since then, monitoring groups have reported that North Korea has continued work on its nuclear research and missile programs, and U.S. intelligence agencies have questioned whether Kim would ever give up his nuclear weapons. It is Pompeo’s third trip to North Korea in as many months.

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