CIA chief secretly met North Korea’s leader over Easter weekend — report

WASHINGTON, Chief of the CIA and Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo “secretly” met with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un weeks ago, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

The Washington Post said, citing two people with direct knowledge of the trip, that Pompeo “made a secret visit to North Korea over Easter weekend and met with the country’s leader.” It added that “about a week after Pompeo’s trip to North Korea, U.S. officials said that officials there had directly confirmed that Kim was willing to negotiate about potential denuclearization, according to administration officials, a sign that both sides had opened a new communications channel ahead of the summit meeting and that the administration believed North Korea was serious about holding a summit.” U.S. President Donald Trump said earlier today during his meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago that “we’ve had talks at the highest level … Let’s leave it short of that.” “We’ve had talks at the highest level. It’s going well. We’ll see what happens,” he reiterated.

Meanwhile, the White House declined to respond to reports of Pompeo’s meeting with North Korea’s leader, where spokesperson Sarah Sanders said “the administration does not comment on the CIA Director’s travel.

Source: Kuwait News Agency