1. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State:
"We had many hours of productive conversations. These are complicated issues. But we made progress on almost all of the central issues. Some places, a great deal of progress, other places there's still more work to be done. We now have a meeting in Panmunjom set up for July 12th that could move by one day or two, where there will be discussions between the folks responsible for the repatriation of remains; will take place at the border and that process will begin to develop over the days that follow. So a very productive conversation about the process by which we will deliver on the commitments that were made in the Singapore summit. The North Koreans also confirmed the missile engine testing facility. We talked about what the modalities would look like for that structure of that facility as well. So some progress there as well. And then we have laid out a path for further negotiations at the working level so that the two teams can get together and continue these discussions."
2. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo bidding farewell to North Korean officials, including Kim Yong Chol (senior ruling party official and former intelligence chief) at end (PARTIALLY COVER PREVIOUS SOUNDBITE)
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State:
"We talked about what the North Koreans are continuing to do and how it's the case we can get our arms around achieving what Chairman Kim (Jong Un) and President (Donald) Trump both agreed to, which was the complete denuclearization of North Korea. No one walked away from that. They are still equally committed. Chairman Kim is still committed. I had a chance to speak to President Trump this morning. My counterpart spoke with Chairman Kim during the course of our negotiations as well. We had productive, good-faith negotiations.
(Reporter off-camera: Are you are you are you any closer to a sense of a timeline and a baseline declaration for their weapons of mass destruction?)
Pompeo: "I'm not going to get into the details of our conversations but we spent a good deal of time talking about each of those two things and I think we've made progress in every element of our discussion."
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrapped up two days of talks with senior North Korean officials on Saturday without meeting Kim Jong Un but with commitments for new discussions on denuclearization and the repatriation of the remains of American soldiers killed during the Korean War.
Before departing Pyongyang, Pompeo told reporters that his conversations with senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol had been "productive," conducted "in good faith" and that "a great deal of progress" had been made in some areas.
But he stressed that "there's still more work to be done" in other areas, much of which would be done by working groups that the two sides have set up to deal with specific issues.
Pompeo said that a Pentagon team would be meeting with North Korean officials on or about July 12 at the border between North and South Korea to discuss the repatriation of remains and that working level talks would be held soon on the destruction of North Korea's missile engine testing facility.
In the days following his historic June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore, US President Donald Trump had announced that the return of the remains and the destruction of the missile facility had been completed or were in progress.
Pompeo, however, said that more talks were needed on both.
"We now have a meeting set up for July 12 - it could move by one day or two - where there will be discussions between the folks responsible for the repatriation of remains. (It) will take place at the border and that process will begin to develop over the days that follow," he said as he boarded his plane for Tokyo.
On the destruction of the missile engine plant, Pompeo said, "We talked about what the modalities would look like for the destruction of that facility as well, and some progress there as well, and then we have laid out a path for further negotiation at the working level so the two teams can get together and continue these discussions."
Earlier, Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol both said they needed clarity on the parameters of an agreement to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula that Trump and Kim Jong Un agreed to in Singapore.
The trip was Pompeo's third to Pyongyang since April and his first since the summit.
Unlike his previous visits, which have been one-day affairs during which he has met with Kim Jong Un, Pompeo spent the night at a government guesthouse in Pyongyang and did not see the North Korean leader.
To date, Kim Jong Un has halted nuclear and missile tests and has destroyed tunnels at the North's nuclear test site, but the authoritarian nation has yet to take concrete steps toward abandoning its weapons programs.
Recent think tank analyses using satellite imagery suggest that Pyongyang may even be expanding some facilities linked to its missile and nuclear programs.