Pompeo to make third visit to North Korea

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Pompeo to make third visit to North Korea
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06 July, 2018

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.

US intelligence agencies believe North Korea has increased production of fuel for nuclear weapons at multiple secret sites in recent months and may try to hide these while seeking concessions in nuclear talks with the United States, NBC News quoted USA officials as saying on Friday.

"The expansion suggests that, despite hopes for denuclearization, Kim Jong Un is committed to increasing North Korea's stockpile of nuclear-armed missiles", Jeffrey Lewis and Dave Schmerler said.

The Washington Post on Saturday cited unidentified USA intelligence officials as concluding that North Korea does not intend to fully surrender its nuclear stockpile.

Trump's statement reaffirmed the conversations between the US and North Korea, "Many good conversations with North Korea-it is going well!"

The national security adviser added that "there's nobody involved in this discussion with North Korea in the administration who is overburdened by naïveté". For now, though, North Korea is not making any unilateral moves to dismantle its nuclear arsenal.

Despite concerns from experts about the legitimacy of Pyongyang's promises, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to meet with the Kim regime this week to further encourage the country to denuclearize.

I would say it seems now all but certain.

Earlier, the State Department confirmed that a USA delegation led by Sung Kim, the U.S. ambassador to the Philippines, met with North Korean counterparts at Panmunjom on the border between North and South Korea on Sunday "to discuss next steps on the implementation" of the summit declaration.

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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. Some aspects of the updated intelligence were reported Friday by NBC News.

An NBC News report on Friday quoted officials saying US intelligence agencies believe North Korea has increased production of fuel for nuclear weapons at multiple secret sites in recent months and may try to hide these while seeking concessions in talks with the United States.

Bolton dismissed a question about whether Trump has been more willing to criticise USA allies than authoritarian leaders of rival nations, including Putin and North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

The North Koreans "Don't Have any Intention of Denuclearizing".

Former UN weapons inspector David Albright told CNN on Monday that his firm has new information about a secret North Korean facility producing highly enriched, weapons-grade uranium.

'None of this activity technically violates any agreement Kim may have made, ' said Vipin Narang, an associate professor at MIT's security studies programme.

Trump's comments came as his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was to head back to North Korea to flesh out the nuclear agreement signed by the two leaders during their summit meeting last month.

Kim's past declarations have been suspect, so that's when "we'll know if this is a different North Korea than we've seen in the past", he is quoted by Axios. On Saturday, Pompeo said the United States was looking for the "final, fully verified denuclearization" of the North, introducing a new acronym, FFVD.

"I think the Secretary has addressed that extensively, in which he said that North Korea is very clear in terms of our expectations".


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