South Korean Min Ho-Sik, center, 84, hugs his North Korean relative Min Eun-Sik, right, 81, during a reunion meeting of family members separated after the Korean War at the Mount Kumgang resort on the North's southeastern coast, October 20, 2015.
In an exclusive telephone interview with CNN to mark his first two months in office, Pompeo said he wanted to see continued progress toward North Korean denuclearization, a promise leader Kim Jong Un made to President Donald Trump at their June 12 summit in Singapore.
South Korean Jo Soon-jeon, 83, right, hugs her North Korean youngest sister Jo Kwi Nyo during the Separated Family Reunion Meeting in 2015.
This weekend the Pentagon announced the formal suspension of major joint military exercises with South Korea, but said in a statement that "additional decisions will depend upon the DPRK continuing to have productive negotiations in good faith" with Pompeo.
North Korea has also tried to withhold its participation in family reunions until certain political conditions are met, such as halting activists in the South from sending outside information into the North.
South Korea began a process Monday to select those who will meet their long-separated family members in North Korea in late August.
But critics have said the encounter between the two mercurial leaders was more style than substance, producing a document short on details about the key issue of the North's atomic weapons.
Footage also showed Kim casually smoking a cigarette as he chatted with diplomats at the North Korean Embassy in Beijing.
Millions of Korean families were forced apart by the division of the country at the end of World War II and the Korean War.
A US-led 16-country United Nations force supported the South in the conflict while China backed the North. But nearly all are over 70 years old and each year there are fewer survivors.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju disembark from an airplane at Beijing International Airport in this video grab from [North] Korean Central TV last week. North Korea has already returned the remains of over 200 US soldiers.
Pyongyang's relations with Washington also appear to be on track since the Singapore summit, although a senior USA defence official stressed over the weekend that the U.S. would soon present North Korea with a timeline of "specific asks" on denuclearisation.
Last week South Korea's military denied artilleries were brought up at the inter-Korea talks at the border, according to the Chosun Ilbo. Mario Ritter adapted it for VOA Learning English.
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