Donald Trump confirms CIA chief Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un last week

Mr Pompeo is in line to be the next US Secretary of State

Donald Trump confirms CIA chief Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un last week

This combination of two file photos shows CIA Director Mike Pompeo (left) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un | Image: Jacquelyn Martin/AP/Press Association Images

Updated: 13.25

US President Donald Trump has confirmed his nominee for Secretary of State, CIA boss Mike Pompeo, travelled to North Korea for secret talks with Kim Jong Un last week.

Mr Trump tweeted that the meeting in Pyongyang went "very smoothly and a good relationship was formed".

"Details of Summit are being worked out now. Denuclearization will be a great thing for World, but also for North Korea!" he said.

Mr Pompeo is in line to be the next US Secretary of State after being picked by the president to replace Rex Tillerson.

The news of his visit came after President Trump appeared to say he had met Mr Kim - in remarks that were later clarified by White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

"The president said the administration has had talks at the highest levels and added that they were not with him directly," she said.

Mr Trump is currently hosting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, but had earlier said: "We've also started talking to North Korea directly.

"We have had direct talks at very high levels, extremely high levels, with North Korea.

"And I really believe this allows good will, that good things are happening.

"We'll see what happens, as they always say, we'll see what happens, because ultimately it's the end result that counts - not the fact that we're thinking about having a meeting or having a meeting."

US President Donald Trump | File photo

Mr Trump is due to meet Mr Kim this month, with five locations being considered for the talks, he said.

No serving US president has ever met a North Korean leader and the two countries do not have formal diplomatic relations.

The plans came after a surprise offer from Mr Kim to meet Mr Trump.

The president, who has previously traded only insults with the North Korean, accepted the offer, hailing it as "great progress".

North Korea has continued to pursue its nuclear programme and missile tests over recent years, ignoring international condemnation and UN sanctions.

It has promised to stop these while talking with the US.