U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday said the Trump administration considered the meeting "very important" as the "first senior-level face-to-face meeting" between Pyongyang and Washington since June's DPRK-U.S. summit.
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.
Heather Nauert, a spokesperson for the state department, tweeted a number of photos during the talks, including one of a beaming Mr Pompeo pictured after the final meeting.
The North also backed its earlier promises "to destroy its missile engine test site", according to Pompeo.
At the same time, North Korea said it still wants to build on the "friendly relationship and trust" that Trump and Kim created during the Singapore gathering.
Pompeo also said that there would be a meeting next week about the repatriation of remains of American soldiers killed in the Korean War. Trump has declared on Twitter that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat.
Just before leaving Pyongyang, @SecPompeo gives United States reporters a brief readout from his meetings.
"These are complicated issues, but we made progress on nearly all of the central issues, " Pompeo told reporters on the tarmac, following his third visit to North Korea.
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Pompeo said before leaving for Pyongyang he was seeking to "fill in" details on North Korea's commitments and maintain the momentum towards implementing the Singapore agreement between Trump and Kim.
The U.S. delegation left Pyongyang later in the day, with the Secretary of State due to hold a three-way press conference in Tokyo with South Korean and Japanese counterparts on Sunday. Many were surprised when Trump agreed at the summit in Singapore to end joint military exercises with South Korea.
The North provided a much harsher assessment of the talks. Yet Pompeo himself had earlier said he envisioned that occurring in about two and a half years, by the end of Trump's term, and Nauert later said the U.S. wasn't putting a timeline on the process.
Pompeo, who had a day and a half of talks in Pyongyang, had sought to hammer out details on how to dismantle North Korea's nuclear programmes, such as a timeline to denuclearisation and a plan on declaring its related facilities.
Last month, Kim and Trump met in Singapore and signed an historic joint statement committing Pyongyang to "work towards complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" in exchange for U.S. "security guarantees" and lasting peace in the decades-old stand-off. This prompted the President to reportedly ask Pompeo to take the Elton John CD with him on what would be his third trip to North Korea since April, The Guardian reported on Friday.
Mr Pompeo said he did not meet Mr Kim on his latest visit to Pyongyang, as he had done twice before.
The real evidence of how badly the visit went is that unlike his two previous visits, Pompeo didn't even get to meet Kim Jong-un this time, instead only having talks with aide Kim Yong-chol.
The contrasting comments raised questions over whether North Korea is committed to abandoning the nuclear programs it has developed for decades and has seen as key to its survival. Additionally, Kim does not appear to have returned the troop remains that Trump said the US already "got".
Officials from the two sides would meet next week in Panmunjom, on the border between the two Koreas, to discuss the return of the remains of the some 7,000 USA soldiers still listed as missing in action since the 1950-53 Korean War.