Pompeo says North Korean nuclear talks to end by 2021

FILE PHOTO: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 25, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. talks with North Korea over efforts to end Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program will be completed by January 2021, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday.

Pompeo said in a statement that he had invited North Korea’s top diplomat to meet next week and that the United States had invited North Korean representatives to meet the U.S. envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, in Vienna, Austria, as soon as possible.

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton and Lisa Lambert; Writing by Susan Heavey; editing by Grant McCool