Published: Thu, July 05, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Doubts on North Korean denuclearization shadow Pompeo visit

Doubts on North Korean denuclearization shadow Pompeo visit

It marked the first known meeting between US and North Korean officials since Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore.

On Monday, the White House announced that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will return to North Korea this week to continue nuclear talks.

Trump defended his decision to suspend "war games" with close ally South Korea - a significant concession to North Korea, which so far has suspended nuclear and missile tests and destroyed tunnels at its nuclear test site but not taken further concrete steps to denuclearize.

The Defense Department has always been skeptical of North Korea moving quickly to denuclearize.

There, he will accompany Mr Trump to a two-day North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and meet European officials to discuss energy. All of Asia is thrilled.

Then he added: 'Only the Opposition Party, which includes the Fake News, is complaining.

It says pressure will remain until North Korea denuclearizes, but in statements this week, has redefined the US goal as "the final, fully verified denuclearization of (North Korea) as agreed to by Chairman Kim".

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up the document that he and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un had signed at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island, June 12, 2018, in Singapore.

The State Department said Pompeo would head from Pyongyang to Tokyo on Saturday, where he would discuss North Korean denuclearization with Japanese and South Korean leaders.

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The satellite images, taken by San Francisco-based Planet Labs Inc. and analyzed by researchers at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies (MIIS) in Monterrey, show Pyongyang finishing construction at the Chemical Material Institute, which researchers say is based in the North Korean city of Hamhung.

A bad outcome for South Korea and Japan would be Trump agreeing to a deal that removes North Korea's long-range missiles that pose a direct threat to continental United States, but leaves Kim's shorter arsenal mostly intact.

The Stanford team has proposed a 10-year roadmap, based on its belief that "North Korea will not give up its weapons and its weapons program until its security can be assured".

A US official told The Associated Press that the Post's report was accurate and that the assessment reflected the consistent view across USA government agencies. "North Korea has great potential for the future!"

The North's main solid-fuel ballistic missile capable of striking US military bases in Asia is the Pukguksong-2. "We aren't going to confirm or deny any intelligence reports".

Meanwhile, during an appearance on CBS's Face the Nation program on Sunday, Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, said that most of Kim's weapons of mass destruction could be dismantled "within a year" with North Korean cooperation - something he acknowledged that the USA has yet to receive.

The plant produces solid-fueled ballistic missiles and warhead re-entry vehicles, both of which are essential components in North Korea's development of a credible nuclear deterrent. "We go into this eyes wide open".

Close-up of new cooling water pump house and in-filled water channel at North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear facility.

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