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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cited "progress on agreements" after meeting with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un on Sunday.

Since the denuclearisation effort got under way with a secret visit to the North by then-CIA chief Mr Pompeo in April, there has been only limited progress, even since the June 12 Trump-Kim summit that many had hoped would jump-start the effort.

Pompeo added in a tweet that he had a "good trip" and the two continued "to make progress" in their meeting, which took place for approximately two hours, followed by a working lunch. Progress made on Singapore Summit Agreements!

"Thank you for hosting, President Trump sends his regards".

He added: "It's a very nice day that promises a good future. for both countries".

The announcement Sunday came shortly after Pompeo arrived in Seoul, following his fourth visit to North Korea, where he met with Kim. Trump canceled Pompeo's initial planned return to North Korea last month. The leaders hailed major agreements toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, but little progress, if any, has been made since.

Kim said he believed the dialogue between the two countries would continue to develop favorably "based on the deep confidence between the two leaders of the two countries", and expressed gratitude to Trump for making a honest effort to implement the agreement made at their historic June summit, KCNA said. Pompeo did not meet Kim on that trip.

In contrast with South Korea, where President Moon Jae-in has been at the forefront of encouraging Trump's rapprochement with the North, Japan has been decidedly cautious, insisting its interests and concerns be addressed.

Foreign policy analysts have questioned whether Kim is living up to that commitment, but Trump has defended the North Korean dictator.

North Korea has rejected those demands and wants sanctions to be lifted before nuclear talks proceed.

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During their most recent summit in Pyongyang last month, Kim and Moon said they agreed to reduce the conventional military threat between them and hold another summit in Seoul, possibly within the year.

"So, this is, I think, a good outcome for all of us", Pompeo said.

The United States is seeking complete, irreversible, and verifiable denuclearization.

President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un during their June meeting in Singapore.

In his introductory remarks, Pompeo said his visit to Pyongyang was very good and he had productive talks in the DPRK, noting that the two countries walked another step forward though there were lots of things left to do.

The United Nation's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), say they are best placed to verify a dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear programme.

North Korean officials who dined with members of Pompeo's staff in a separate room pushed for Trump to visit Pyongyang for a second summit.

A declaration to end the 1950-53 Korean War could be a "slippery slope" to questioning the need for the USA troop presence in South Korea, the deputy head of the U.N. Command overseeing the Korean armistice said on Friday, ahead of new talks between Washington and Pyongyang.

South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha has given a hint of what a grand bargain between the two countries could look like.

The allies should also consider bringing back the tactical nuclear weapons that the United States withdrew from South Korea in the 1990s to increase pressure on the North and create conditions for mutual nuclear disarmament, Cheon said.