US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is ready to restart negotiations with Pyongyang, with the aim of denuclearizing North Korea “by 2021”.Discussions between the two sides had stalled following a broad-strokes agreement made earlier this year.

But this week’s inter-Korean Summit saw the North’s Kim Jong-UN agreeing to shut a major missile launch site.In a statement Pompeo said it was on the basis of these important commitments that the US was prepared to engage immediately in negotiations.

Pompeo said he had invited North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho to meet him in New York Next Week, while invitations had been extended for a second meeting between North Korean and us representatives in Vienna, Austria.

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