Reuters implies the promise of "specific asks" was, to some degree, a response to criticisms that President Donald Trump has not made enough specific demands of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un yet, and most of the concessions offered by Kim to date have been symbolic gestures of little real cost to the North Korean regime.
This week Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visits China, South Korea and Japan, where he is expected to discuss implementing North Korea's denuclearization agreement, and the US decision to suspend major joint military drills between the USA and South Korea.
Senior administration officials said that Pompeo was seeking an early meeting with his North Korean counterpart to begin discussions about next steps.
Lee also said Monday he has confirmation North Korea is in the process of repatriating the remains of US troops from the Korean War.
And on Sunday, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he is hopeful North Korea would soon return the remains of U.S. service members killed during the Korean War.
He has said Washington hopes to achieve major disarmament by North Korea within the next two and a half years, during Trump's current presidential term.
The state department has since said it has no travel plans to announce.
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Children are indoctrinated to beware of Americans, and while the Kim regime is talking less about the need for nuclear weapons, it's said little about denuclearization - the action the U.S. wants.
More than 36,500 United States troops died in the war, and about 7,700 military personnel remain unaccounted for. He also reaffirmed his pledge to give up nuclear arms, and the U.S. on Friday said it would halt some joint military drills on the peninsula over the next three months in support of diplomacy.
CNN said Pompeo suggested it was too soon to expect a detailed roadmap after 40 years of tensions but insisted that Kim had been "unequivocal" about his willingness to denuclearize.
It would enable 100 South Korean people, mostly elderly ones, to get together with their families across the border, decades after being separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. Last week, Tokyo said it would suspend the drills for the time being after the Singapore summit.
"One thing is really clear, is that the Kim Jong Un leadership is very much anxious about making important changes, exposing the system to the influence of outside powers", said Yonsei University's Bong Young-shik. "I heard it myself when I visited there as Central Intelligence Agency director, I heard it myself when I visited Pyongyang as Secretary of State and I heard it again where there was a group together with the President and Chairman Kim".
"There always will be challenges and there is work to do, but none of this could have happened without the commitment of the two senior leaders", Pompeo said, "and so long as that commitment stays in place, the United States is prepared to do exactly what the president said, which is create a brighter future for North Korea and provide security assurances for the North Korean people".