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White House releases photos of Mike Pompeo and Kim Jong Un shaking hands

Then CIA Director Mike Pompeo and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un shake hands in North Korea. (White House)
April 26, 2018

On Thursday, the White House released two photos of now Secretary of State, then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo shaking hands with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

Pompeo secretly visited North Korea over Easter weekend.

President Trump said Thursday that the photos should be released after Pompeo was confirmed as the 70th Secretary of State.

White House Press Secretary then released the photos on Twitter and said: “Great to have Secretary Pompeo confirmed. He will do an excellent job helping @POTUS lead our efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. (Photos from previously confirmed Easter weekend trip).”

Then CIA Director Mike Pompeo and North Korean dictator Kim Jong un shake hands in North Korea (White House)

The visit came ahead of what is expected to be an historic meeting between Kim Jong Un and President Trump sometime in the next few weeks or month.

The date and location of that meeting has yet to be determined.

Then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un shake hands in North Korea. (White House)