Traveling with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on secret mission to North Korea

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By: AP | Washington |
Published: June 8, 2018 3:57:44 pm


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (left) shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a meeting at Workers’ Party of Korea headquarters in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Source: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

It began with quiet words from State Department officials: Apply for a new passport immediately. You may soon be going to a country for which ordinary US passports are not valid for travel. Vague as it was, the instruction to two reporters last Friday left little doubt about our mystery destination: North Korea.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had visited the capital, Pyongyang, in complete secrecy while he was still CIA chief in early April to set the stage for an unprecedented summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong…

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