State Dept dismisses doubts ahead of Pompeo trip to North Korea

06 July, 2018, 04:16 | Author: Donnie King
  • U.S. National security adviser John Bolton listens to question as speaks to the media after his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow Russia. Bolton said Sunday July 1 the U.S. has a plan that would

Trump last month announced that North Korea's denuclearization process will start "very quickly" as the pair wrapped up an unprecedented summit on Singapore's Sentosa Island.

Sanders noted that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to North Korea on Thursday to meet with Kim and other senior officials and that U.S. Envoy Sung Kim met with a North Korean delegation on Sunday. "We're well aware of what the North Koreans have done in the past". And experts say there is no proof North Korea's halt of nuclear and missile tests means the North will take concrete steps to give up such weapons. "Only the Opposition Party, which includes the Fake News, is complaining".

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies report found that North Korea has recently expanded a factory complex in the eastern city of Hamhung that produces key engines for solid-fuel ballistic missiles.

Asked about the USA diplomat's visit, Kim Eui-keum, a spokesman for South Korea's Blue House, said that they were aware of the meeting but that it would be inappropriate to comment further.

Despite Trump's rosy post-summit declaration that the North no longer poses a nuclear threat, Washington and Pyongyang have yet to negotiate the terms under which it would relinquish the weapons that it developed over decades to deter the U.S.

The reports, citing an unidentified diplomatic source, said that Andrew Kim, head of the CIA's Korea Mission Center, delivered a letter from Pompeo to Kim Yong Chol, North Korea's main envoy in talks.




But on Sunday, Mr Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, publicised an even more ambitious one-year plan that he said Mr Pompeo will be discussing with the North Koreans.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is also expected to visit Pyongyang this week to press for denuclearization as well, according to the Financial Times.

The top USA diplomat is expected to discuss with North Korean officials concrete measures that would see Pyongyang relinquish its nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles and possibly other weapons of mass destruction.

Siegfried Hecker, a nuclear scientist and Stanford University professor, has predicted it would take around 10 years to dismantle and clean up a substantial part of North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear site.

A report in Axios on Monday suggested if talks go well, Trump could invite Kim to NY in September to continue the dialogue as the UN General Assembly gets under way. US and North Korean officials are holding meetings on the same topic. "And the fact that our Secretary is now getting ready to go and have his fourth meeting with the North Koreans in less than three months I think is a testament to just how far we've come".

"I am not going to comment on any reports, true, untrue, or partially true, about intelligence".

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