"Two steps forward, and a step or two back."
Those were the words of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, according to a transcript released by the State Department this week, regarding the current situation with North Korea.
Speaking to Silicon Valley business leaders in San Francisco on Monday, local time, Pompeo said Washington remains in communication with the North as it tries to persuade the regime to denuclearize.
He said he remains hopeful North Korea will make the right decision, not just for the world, but for the North Korean people, as well.
The top U.S. diplomat added that the North's weapons systems pose a real risk to the world, but insisted the U.S. doesn't pose a security risk to the North Koreans.
He added that the Trump administration wants a brighter future for the people of North Korea, and if the 'right arrangement' is made,.. the two sides can have a serious conversation and hopefully convince North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to move away from nuclear weapons.
Outwardly, Pompeo has repeatedly expressed hope that more dialogue between the two sides will happen again soon.
However, there has been little sign out of Pyeongyang that the regime is ready or even willing to restart talks with the U.S.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.