US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday left Washington bound for Pyongyang and his latest round of talks with Kim Jong Un on North Korea's nuclear arsenal.
Washington's top diplomat and senior aides took off shortly after 2:00am and were due in the North Korean capital today, where Pompeo is to stay overnight for the first time.
President Donald Trump met Kim at a historic summit in Singapore last month and the US leader has been bullish about hopes for peace, boasting that the threat of nuclear war is over.
But the statement the leaders signed was short on detailed commitments and Pompeo has been tasked with negotiating a plan to achieve the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula.
This would involve Kim making a detailed declaration of the extent of his nuclear arsenal and enrichment program, and agreeing a timetable for it to be dismantled and placed under inspection.