Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has traveled to North Korea to lay the groundwork for President Donald Trump's summit with Kim Jong Un.
While there, Pompeo says he will raise the plight of the three Christian Americans detained by North Korea, but has no commitments for their release.
Pompeo said he hopes North Korea will “do the right thing” by releasing the three Americans. U.S. officials have told ABC News they expect them to be released before the Trump-Kim meeting.
“We've been asking for the release of these detainees for 17 months. We'll talk about it again. It'd be a great gesture if they'd agree to do so,” Pompeo added, speaking to reporters.
The trip – Pompeo's second to the highly secretive country – is a sign of the Trump administration accelerating the diplomatic opening with North Korea, as it pushes for Kim to relinquish his nuclear missile program. Pompeo left Monday night in secret, stopping in Alaska and Japan, and onward to Pyongyang.
President Donald Trump revealed Pompeo's trip as he announced the U.S. is withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal.
“Today’s action sends a critical message: The United States no longer makes empty threats. When I make promises, I keep them. In fact, at this very moment, Secretary Pompeo is on his way to North Korea in preparation for my upcoming meeting with Kim Jong Un,” Trump said.
The U.S. does not know exactly who Pompeo will meet, but he said, “We're prepared to meet anyone who can speak on behalf of the North Korean government and give us solid answers so we're prepared,” to pool reporters traveling with him.
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