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Pompeo, Pompeo now.
Through these series of meetings, I'm confident we're moving in the right direction. Today, vice-chairman Kim and I discussed how our countries could come together and take advantage of the unique opportunity that our two leaders have created through their visions of the future that they have so clearly articulated. Vice-chairman Kim Yong-chol is now planning to travel to Washington to deliver a personal letter from Chairman Kim Jong Un.
The proposed summit offers a historic opening for President Trump and Chairman Kim to boldly lead the United States and the DPRK into a new era of peace, prosperity, and security. Our two countries face a pivotal moment in our relationship in which it could be nothing short of tragic to let this opportunity go to waste.
In my conversations with Chairman Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang and today with Vice-chairman Kim Yong-chol, I have been very clear that President Trump and the United States' objective is very consistent and well known - the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. If these talks are successful, it will truly be historic. It will take bold leadership from Chairman Kim Jong Un if we are able to seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change the course for the world.
This is a difficult, difficult challenge. Make no mistake about it. There remains a great deal of work to do. This administration completely understands how hard this problem is. There's a long history where North Korea has viewed its nuclear programme as providing the security that it needed for the regime. The effort now is to come to a set of understandings which convince the North Koreans of what President Trump has said.