Mike Pompeo says North Korea talks have not resumed as quickly as hoped: CBS
WASHINGTON – The United States has not returned to the negotiation table with North Korea as quickly as it had hoped, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday, but he added that Washington knew there would be “bumps on the road” in the denuclearization talks.
The latest of the missile tests by North Korea was carried out on Friday as Pyongyang fired two more short-range projectiles into the sea off its east coast.
The launches have complicated attempts to restart talks between U.S. and North Korean negotiators over the future of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.
“We haven’t gotten back to the table as quickly as we hoped but we’ve been pretty clear all along, we knew there would be bums along the way,” Pompeo said.
He added that Stephen Biegun, U.S. special envoy for North Korea, was in the region on Tuesday and Wednesday, but did not elaborate on the details of his trip. The State Department said last week that Biegun would travel to Japan and Seoul this week.