Pompeo made his first overnight visit to Pyongyang last week to discuss a specific definition for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, which for America would require the complete elimination of the North Korean nuclear program.
At Seoul's invitation, Pyongyang sent athletes and senior officials to the South's Winter Games in February and South Korean basketball players visited Pyongyang last week.
North Korea accused the United States on Saturday of making "gangster-like" demands in the talks in North Korea, contradicting Pompeo who said the old enemies had made progress.
North Korean negotiators failed to show up for scheduled talks with the U.S.at Panmunjeom, Thursday, on repatriating the remains of USA soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War, indicating a possible rift between the two countries in ongoing denuclearization talks. He tweeted after the summit that "there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea", and he has praised the "great success" during campaign rallies.
The agency has built up a DNA database from relatives that covers 92 per cent of the Korean War missing, versus 85 per cent for the Vietnam War and about 5 per cent for World War II.
Trump has expressed an eagerness to tout the recovery of the war dead, telling Fox News that Kim was "giving us back the remains of probably 7,500 soldiers".
President Trump posted Kim's personal letter on social media Thursday, saying he just received a "very nice note from Chairman Kim of North Korea". The agreement reportedly covered the remains of some 200 American soldiers.
Byrd, a forensic anthropologist, was part of a 15-strong DPAA team in North Korea 20 years ago.
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According to a South Korean newspaper, Chosun Ilbo, Trump's decision to give Kim the CD comes after a conversation the two leaders had over lunch during their summit in June. But he also acknowledged that a lot of work remained to be done, including on the issue of setting a timeline for denuclearization.