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Pompeo’s real mission in North Korea

Mike Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol, a North Korean senior ruling party official and former intelligence chief. Photo: ANDREW HARNIK/AFP/Getty Images

Would you travel 7,000 miles to confirm what your boss believes? That's partly what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was doing with his two-day mission to North Korea.

The bottom line: According to sources, it's not going to happen overnight, or even in a year. Sources tell Jonathan Swan and me that the secretary was trying to validate for President Trump, who's anything but patient, that some patience will increase the chances of denuking North Korea.