Two US officials and other sources familiar with preparations for the trip say the top US diplomat is expected to get some clarity on other issues: the return of US service member remains from the Korean War, a timeline for the destruction of a missile test site that President Donald Trump said was already being dismantled and a sense of who his North Korean negotiating partner will be.
"Our leaders made commitments at the Singapore summit on the complete denuclearisation of North Korea", Pompeo had earlier told reporters travelling with him on a journey that included a stop at Yokota, a United States airbase in Japan.
Sources in Washington say that the gifts "reflect Trump's expectations that Kim will follow through on the pledges in an agreement the two signed at their summit".
"The more we meet, the deeper our friendship will be, I hope", he said. "North Korea relations are moving in a virtuous cycle", the South Korean official added while ruling out the possibility of trilateral talks during Pompeo's visit to Pyongyang.
The U.S. appears to have shifted from its initial "all or nothing" position on North Korea's denuclearization to a more flexible position to make progress, after weeks of stalled talks.
Kim has committed to denuclearization as a way to prevent a USA attack. "Was North Korea's intention to continue what they were doing, albeit less provocatively, by not doing ballistic missile and nuclear weapons testing?"
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Pompeo said: "Since the summit the consultations have continued".
Reuters reported on Thursday that South Korean officials had been offering advice to their US counterparts on how to deal with these issues, with one senior official from Seoul visiting Washington this week and suggesting that the United States move away from its aim of "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization" towards a softer approach, according to the news agency.
Allegedly, the CD was one two gifts sent with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on his two-day visit. "I don't think there's any doubt about that". Kim mentioned that Trump once labeled him 'a little Rocket Man' when US-North Korea ties hit their nadir a year ago on the heels of Pyongyang's nuclear tests and missile launches. North Korea's cabinet mouthpiece Minju Joson described "a great victory of the independent and peaceful reunification policy set forth by the President and an epoch-making event that provided a basic cornerstone of inter-Korean ties and the national reunification movement". North Korea experts in Washington are unconvinced of the North's sincerity, and US intelligence reports leaked last week suggest that North Korea is hiding nuclear facilities and suggest it has no real intention of giving up its nuclear arsenal.
Pompeo's talk will be closely watched in the region.
Pomepo met with Kim Yong Chol - who was key in arranging the Singapore summit - but it's unclear whether he'll sit down with Kim.