US officials say CIA director Mike Pompeo has met with Kim Jong Un

In this April 12, 2018, photo CIA Director Mike Pompeo testifies on his nomination to be the next secretary of state on Capitol Hill in Washington. Two U.S. officials say Pompeo recently traveled to North Korea to meet with leader Kim Jong Un. Pompeo’s trip to the isolated communist nation came in advance of a potential summit between Kim and President Donald Trump. The officials spoke anonymously about Pompeo’s trip because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two U.S. officials say CIA Director Mike Pompeo recently traveled to North Korea to meet with leader Kim Jong Un.

Pompeo's trip to the isolated communist nation came in advance of a potential summit between Kim and President Donald Trump.

The highly unusual, secret visit comes as the enemy nations prepare for a meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim, in what would the first ever summit between U.S. and North Korean during more than six decades of hostility since the Korean War.

The officials spoke anonymously about Pompeo's trip because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly.

The Washington Post, which first reported Pompeo's meeting with Kim, said it took place over Easter weekend — just over two weeks ago, shortly after the CIA chief was nominated to become secretary of state.

Trump, who is currently at his Florida resort meeting with Japanese leader Shinzo Abe, said Tuesday that the U.S. and North Korea were holding direct talks at "extremely high levels" in preparation for a possible summit with Kim.

But White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump and Kim have not spoken directly.

Trump is planning to meet with Kim by early June. The goal will be bring an end to North Korea's nuclear weapons program, which poses a growing threat to the U.S. mainland.

The officials spoke anonymously about Pompeo's trip because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly.

The Washington Post reports this is the highest level contact between North Korea and the United States since 2000. Former secretary of state Madeleine Albright met Kim Jong Il to talk about strategic matters between the two nations. James Clapper, former director of national intelligence, visited the nation in 2014 due to negotiations involving two American captives.

“There’s a great chance to solve a world problem,” Trump told The Washington Post. “This is not a problem for the United States. This is not a problem for Japan or any other country. This is a problem for the world.”

Circa's Jessie Karangu contributed to this story.

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