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Pompeo hopes Asia trip will hasten Trump-Kim summit

AFP TOKYO (AFP-Jiji) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he hoped to accelerate a second summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump as he kicked off an Asian trip Saturday featuring a meeting with North Korea’s leader.

Pompeo arrived in Tokyo on the first leg of a tour that will take him to Pyongyang for a fourth time as the contours of a possibly historic U.S.-North Korea deal take shape.

Speaking on the plane on the way from the United States, Pompeo said his aim was to “develop sufficient trust” between the historic foes to inch toward peace.

“Then we are also going to set up the next summit,” said Pompeo.

However, he played down expectations for a major breakthrough, saying: “I doubt we will get it nailed but [we’ll] begin to develop options for both location and timing for when Chairman Kim will meet with the president again.”

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