UPDATE: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Pyongyang on a two day visit “to press leader Kim Jong-un for details on his plans for denuclearisation.”
It was a polite and courteous welcome, Asian style.
But with Pompeo in charge of negotiations, what are the prospects?
Back in October 2017, Pompeo hinted in no uncertain terms when he was head of the CIA:
“If Kim Jong-un suddenly dies, don’t ask me about it … “
“With respect, if Kim Jong-un should vanish, given the history of the CIA, I’m just not going to talk about it,”
“We are going to become a much more vicious agency…”
And that’s the guy who’s in charge of “negotiating peace” with North Korea.
Fruitful negotiations? According to the New York Times, there was “distrust on both sides”.
Pyongyang negotiates with a U.S Secretary of State (former CIA Chief) who casually announced last October that Kim Jong-un was on the CIA’s assassination list.
Not surprisingly, hours following Pompeo’s departure, Pyongyang accused the Trump administration of pushing a “unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization.” A mild understatement.
Michel Chossudovsky, July 8, 2018 ( text below published by GR on May 27, 2018)
In May of last year, the DPRK accused both the CIA (headed by Mike Pompeo) and the ROK’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) of “a failed plot to assassinate its leader Kim Jong-un with a biochemical bomb at a military parade in Pyongyang.”
Neither the CIA nor the White House responded to these accusations.
While press reports acknowledged the CIA’s “long history” of political assassinations, the DPRK’s accusations were casually dismissed.
According to The Guardian (May 5, 2017)
Guardian screenshot, May 5, 2017
Mike Pompeo’s Unannounced May 1, 2017 Mission to Seoul
What the Western media failed to notice was that the announcement of the alleged assassination attempt directed against Chairman Kim (May 5, 2017) took place 5 days AFTER Mike Pompeo’s arrival in Seoul on the weekend of April 29-30 for (unannounced) consultations with his intelligence counterparts on May 1.