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Report: CIA director Mike Pompeo met with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

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Up to date Apr 17, 2018 9:28 PM EDT

CIA Director Mike Pompeo met immediately with North Korean chief Kim Jong Un, The Washington Submit reported Tuesday night time. The Submit reported the 2 met over Easter weekend, citing two folks with direct information of the journey.

The report comes after President Trump, assembly with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his membership Mar-a-Lago in Florida, mentioned the U.S. has begun “direct” talks with North Korea at “extraordinarily excessive ranges.” Mr. Trump mentioned the U.S. is taking a look at “5” attainable areas forward of an supposed assembly between the U.S. and North Korea about North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. 

“We have additionally began speaking to North Korea immediately. We have now had direct talks at very excessive ranges, extraordinarily excessive ranges, with North Korea,” Mr. Trump mentioned Tuesday. “I actually imagine there’s a whole lot of good will, good issues are occurring — we’ll see what occurs.”

Mr. Trump has nominated Pompeo to switch former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and the Submit stories the assembly occurred after Pompeo was nominated to be secretary of state.

Pompeo took half in a marathon, five-hour affirmation listening to final week earlier than a Senate panel. In that affirmation listening to, Pompeo mentioned he desires to maintain up the stress marketing campaign on North Korea, and did not rule out the potential of a preemptive strike if completely needed. Pompeo mentioned he’s optimistic diplomatic method will “set us down the course to attain a diplomatic end result that America and the world so desperately want.”

Pompeo’s affirmation is not solely sure — a handful of Democrats on the Senate Overseas Relations Committee, together with Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire have mentioned they’ll vote in opposition to him, and Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona mentioned he’s not sure. 

The CIA had no touch upon Tuesday night time. 

CBS Information’ Margaret Brennan has beforehand reported that the CIA has been the lead in a again channel line of communication.

This can be a growing story and will probably be up to date.

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