Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is making his third trip to North Korea on Thursday, where he will seek an assurance of denuclearization from leader Kim Jong Un. Pompeo is under pressure to get a commitment from Kim because his visits to Pyongyang have so far resulted in "very little to show," John Hannah, the former senior adviser to President Bill Clinton's secretary of state, told CNN, adding that "it should not happen a third time."
At 1:45AM today, @SecPompeo, tie understandably askew, arrives at @Andrews_JBA to board his flight to North Korea. TV Pool crew spared him bright lights in his face. Flight refuels in Anchorage. pic.twitter.com/lCHIjTEum2
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 5, 2018
The Trump administration is reportedly considering inviting Kim to New York City for a summit this fall, although intelligence experts quietly believe the unpredictable leader is uninterested in full denuclearization. Kim "is trying to delay denuclearization and do it at his own pace," suggested Bill Richardson, a former U.S. energy secretary. Jeva Lange