CIA Director Mike Pompeo reportedly met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un even as he faces tough opposition in the Senate as he awaits to be confirmed as secretary of state.
The move flies in the face of protocol and tradition, as Pompeo did not meet with the North Korean leader in a diplomatic capacity, but rather in his capacity as an advisor to the president as well as the chief of a spy agency.
Since decades of tradition and protocol haven’t garnered any results with the rogue nation, some have said that the surprising decision to give Pompeo first access to Kim Jong-un in a non-formal setting may actually be a smart move.
After all, it’s not as though we’ve been able to prevent them from building more nuclear weapons with our current tactics.
Following the nerve-agent attack on U.K. soil against former Soviet spy Sergei Skripal, the U.S. and Russia have begun expelling one another’s diplomats and closing their respective embassies in an escalation of political tensions.
Relations between the two countries have been confusing at best and contradictory at worst, with the U.S. president congratulating Putin on his reelection one day and hiring anti-Russia John Bolton as national security advisor the next.The United States has moved to expel 60 Russian diplomats in solidarity with the United Kingdom and its NATO allies following the nerve-agent attack against former Soviet spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter on U.K. soil in early March.
The U.S. joins 25 other countries in the expulsion of Russian diplomats, including Australia, Germany, Ukraine, France, Canada, the Netherlands, Italy, and Poland.
According to British Prime Minister Theresa May, it is the “largest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers in history,” with more than 135 expelled.