The just-announced June 12 summit in Singapore between President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un marks the first time heads of state of the United States and North Korea meet for talks.
Speaking alongside South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha at the State Department, Pompeo said Friday he thinks the USA and North Korea are largely on the same page in expectations for the June 12 encounter, which will see a sitting us president meet the leader of North Korea for the first time.
On Thursday, Mr. Trump said he will be meeting with Kim on June 12, tweeting "we will both try to make it a very special moment for world peace!"
Abe also said global sanctions should remain in place against North Korea and any rewards must wait until Kim fully abandons his nuclear and missile programs. But there have been questions about whether or not North Korea and the USA have the same understanding of what that means - and whether Kim is really willing to give up a nuclear program begun by his grandfather, a man he idolizes.
"I think this will be a very big success", Trump said as three freed detainees from North Korea arrived back on US soil yesterday.
Mr Pompeo said the USA aim was clear - "to ensure that North Korean doesn't possess the capacity to threaten, not only the United States but the world, with nuclear weapons".
And he'll have to rely on advisers with scant experience dealing with North Korean leaders, many of whom played a central role in past denuclearization agreements that came to nothing.
A man looks out the window of a double-decker bus at the end of a work day, July 25, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea.
KELLY: Hey. So before we talk South Korea, start with this latest Pyongyang trip that Pompeo has made.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju disembark from a plane as they arrive for the 2014 Combat Flight Contest
Trump is on hand to greet Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim at Joint Base Andrews, along with many senior administration officials.
Abe is expected to ask Trump to push North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to address the long-standing issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korean agents in the 1970s and 1980s, the sources said.
On top of that, Trump's team has few experts who have actually met or spoken to a North Korean official.
Appearing with the freed Americans on Thursday, Trump said he and Pence had spoken to the family of Warmbier recently. And there are a number of things - provocative actions, for example, from North Korea would not be received well.
It considers the USA a close partner, while North Korea maintains a fully functioning embassy in the city-state.
Can the US really trust that Kim will do what he says?
But for Mr Trump and Kim, Singapore is a convenient venue precisely because it "doesn't have the historical or political baggage", said Sarah Teo, an associate research fellow at RSIS's regional security architecture programme.
In 2015, Singapore hosted a historic meeting between Chinese president Xi Jinping and Taiwan's then-leader Ma Ying-jeou, the first between presidents of the two sides since a 1949 civil war split that led to decades of estrangement. Therefore, she said, any change in the size of the US forces in the South Korea should not be on the table at the summit.
He said he had had good conversations with Kim, who he found to be a focused and rational interlocutor.
A series of USA administrations have sent envoys, both official and unofficial, to Pyongyang in the hope of stopping North Korea's nuclear weapons program. It is imperative to draw up a road map for denuclearization and continue applying pressure on North Korea until the country actually implements it. Trump must not rush simply in pursuit of success.