Mike Pompeo to meet Kim Jong Un on October 7

S. Korea Hopeful About Pompeo's Pyongyang Visit

The U.S. and South Korea have expressed interest in a peace treaty to end the Korean War, which is technically on hold since the 1953 armistice, but there are concerns North Korea would use such a treaty to weaken worldwide sanctions and push for the removal of American troops from the Korean peninsula.

"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.

"We're not playing the time game", Trump told reporters September 26.

Kim pledged at an unprecedented June 12 meeting with Trump to work toward denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, but his actions have fallen short of Washington's demands for a complete inventory of its nuclear weapons and irreversible steps to give up an arsenal that potentially threatens the United States.

Pompeo's visit comes ahead of a planned second summit between Kim and President Donald Trump.

Ri Son Gwon, right, chairman of the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of North Korea, shakes hands with South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon at the Pyongyang Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.

KCNA said the Yongbyon nuclear facility, which the North expressed a willingness to take offline if the USA takes corresponding action, "is a core one for its nuclear programme".

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Earlier that day, North Korea's Ri struck a different tone, telling the United Nations that continued USA sanctions were deepening Pyongyang's mistrust in the United States and there was no way the country would disarm unilaterally under such circumstances. -North Korea diplomatic relations after Trump, in August, canceled a scheduled visit by Pompeo to Pyongyang.

North Korea says it first wants relief from punishing worldwide sanctions. "There's no nuclear testing and there's not testing of rockets".

"What North Korea has indicated is they will permanently dismantle their nuclear facilities in Yongbyon, which is a very big part of their nuclear program", South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said during a discussion at the South Korean mission to the United Nations. In recent weeks, North Korea has demanded nearly daily that the United States sign an end-of-war declaration.

North Korea's state newspaper Rodong Sinmun called the sanctions "rude" in light of its conciliatory measures.

Pompeo would also travel to Japan, South Korea and China on October 6-8 to brief them about his visit, she added.

Whether Seoul can persuade Washington to take up the proposed bargain remains to be seen. Mr Moon said this would include a declaration of an official end to the war.

Information for this article was contributed by Matthew Pennington of The Associated Press; and by John Hudson of The Washington Post.

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