Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

US Secretary of State Returns to North Korea for Nuclear Talks

US Secretary of State Returns to North Korea for Nuclear Talks

The Defense Intelligence Agency believes that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has no intention of engaging in a full denuclearization program, at least for now, according to an administration official familiar with the agency's finding.

Trump's national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday he expects Pompeo to discuss with North Korea a plan to dismantle its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs in a year.

Sung Kim, an ambassador to South Korea between 2011 and 2014 and a nuclear negotiator with the North during previous talks, has taken on a key role in dialogue with Pyongyang in recent months.

The U.S. administration insists it has a plan for rapid denuclearization of the North and has defended the diplomatic process, which has tamped down tensions after more than a year of missile and nuclear tests and saber rattling that raised fears of a new war.

Last week, a senior defense official said the USA would have data points "pretty soon" that would determine if North Korea was "operating in good faith or not".

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. We should give it a try and see where it goes.

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The Washington Post also reported on Saturday that a newly revised Defense Intelligence Agency assessment said North Korea did not intend to fully surrender its nuclear stockpile and may be looking to hide its weapons and production facilities, including secret facilities not previously disclosed.

Patrick Cronin, senior director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, said US and South Korea officials had told him Pompeo would be seeking to agree to "a specific denuclearization road map, or at least significant dismantlement steps that could fill in a roadmap". He also said Trump and Kim should decide whether to move the nuclear weapons out of North Korea to dismantle them or do it inside the country. -North Korea summit in Singapore.

President Donald Trump told Fox News Sunday he trusted Kim Jong Un would dismantle his nuclear program ("I made a deal with him"), but admitted the deal they agreed to in Singapore last month could fall apart.

Others think Kim might try to drag out the process and wait out the Trump administration, which a year ago had provided a credible threat of military force against the North.

"There was a buzz when I shared a glass of soju and talked with Ri Myong Hun in 2003", Hur said. Only the Opposition Party, which includes the Fake News, is complaining.

The accuracy and completeness of the inventory, which the US will able to partially verify based on spy satellite images and other intelligence, will tell whether North Korea is serious about giving up the nukes. "They didn't even commit to freezing the program", he said. "We are going to pursue this, and we will see what happens".

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