“I did, I did, thank you for the accommodation,” Mr. Pompeo answered. The American delegation is staying on the Paekhwawon guesthouse, an elaborate facility simply exterior Pyongyang, beside a small lake with a tiny island within the heart. The place has the texture of a minor Middle Eastern palace, with excessive ceilings, gold carpets and stiff mattresses. Soldiers with rifles and fastened bayonets patrolled the perimeter of the guesthouse in a single day (shortly disappearing into the shrubbery when a reporter jogged by).
“The area around this Paekhwawon guesthouse is full of trees and plants, and the air is really fresh, so it is a good place for people over 50,” Mr. Kim stated.
“That would include me,” Mr. Pompeo replied with a chuckle.
“But we did have very serious discussion on very important matters yesterday,” Mr. Kim stated. “So thinking about those discussions, you might have not slept well last night.”
“Director Kim, I slept just fine,” Mr. Pompeo responded, as an edge crept into his voice. “We did have a good set of conversations yesterday. I appreciate that, and I look forward to our continued conversations today as well.”
Mr. Pompeo then glanced towards his employees, maybe anticipating the reporters to be ushered out. But Mr. Kim continued:
“Since this is the first high-level discussion between our two countries since the Singapore summit, and hence the political field of the United States and the entire world is playing close attention to our meeting,” he stated. “We haven’t but introduced the outcomes of our assembly, however the exterior appears to assume that is going properly.
“And I’ve heard the information that Secretary Pompeo is sort of happy with the assembly,” he stated. “We are just doing our best we can to make your stay comfortable.”
“We consider this very important, too, since it is the first senior-level face-to-face meeting since the summit between our two leaders,” Mr. Pompeo stated. He added that “building a relationship between our two countries is vital for a brighter North Korea and the success that our two presidents demand of us.”