In his statement on Wednesday, Pompeo said commitments made at a summit between the leaders of North and South Korea were positive enough that the U.S.
North Korea said on Wednesday it would permanently abolish its key missile facilities in the presence of foreign experts, the latest gesture by leader Kim Jong Un to revive faltering talks with Washington over his country's nuclear program.
And the two Koreas, he said, 'will file a joint bid to host the 2032 Olympics.
In addition, he invited North Korean representatives to meet with U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun in Vienna, Austria, "at the earliest opportunity".
"Chairman Kim has repeatedly expressed his strong will to denuclearise", Moon said, adding that the North Korean leader wanted to "focus on economic development" as soon as possible.
An unprecedented June summit in Singapore between Trump and Kim aimed to break a decades-long standoff between the two countries, which have never formally ended the 1950-1953 Korean War.
While Kim didn't commit Wednesday to giving up his arsenal of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that pose a threat to the USA mainland, he did promise to dismantle North Korea's main rocket launch site in the presence of global experts, and offered to shutter its Nyongbyon nuclear site.
"Invoking the end of Trump's term in January 2021 is another way of saying to the North that American patience is not unlimited and that Kim Jong Un won't be able to sidestep denuclearisation indefinitely", Russel added.
But Harry Kazianis, director of defence studies at the Washington-based Centre for the National Interest, said the U.S. could eventually accept North Korea's step-by-step approach to ending its nuclear programme.
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Last year Mr Trump engaged in a war of rhetoric with Mr Kim in which he threatened to destroy North Korea.
General Jack Keane, a retired four-star Army general and former Army vice chief of staff said dismantling the Yongbyon facilities "is still not disarmament".
Previously, Pyongyang has asked for "phased and synchronised measures" for denuclearisation, meaning the worldwide community would slowly relax or drop sanctions with each step in the denuclearisation process, rather than waiting until its completion.
That is because when he goes up Mount Paektu, he wants to go "stepping on our soil", Kim Eui Kyeom, spokesman for the presidential Blue House, told reporters on Wednesday. "The United States sees that for what it is, and we are not certainly removing any troops from South Korea until such time as [there are] no nuclear weapons and no ballistic missiles in the North".
As Channel News Asia reports, "Mount Paektu is the mythical origin of the Korean people, featured in South Korea's national anthem and various North Korean propaganda".
"We're making tremendous progress with respect to North Korea".
Washington and Pyongyang have subsequently sparred over what that means and how it will be achieved, with the Trump administration consistently referring to the denuclearisation of North Korea specifically.
The games marked the end of the South Korean president's second day in the capital.
In the meantime, however, Moon and Kim made concrete moves of their own to reduce tensions on their border. They also agreed to withdraw 11 guard posts from the Demilitarized Zone by December and to establish a no-fly zone above the military demarcation line that bisects the two Koreas that will apply to planes, helicopters and drones. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from SC, who tweeted that he was concerned the visit would undermine efforts by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley to impose "maximum pressure" on the North.