Pompeo to Head to North Korea as Doubts Mount About Its Intentions

Saturday, 07 Jul, 2018

Sung Kim, the USA ambassador to the Philippines and a veteran of nuclear negotiations with Pyongyang, met with North Korean officials on Sunday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday.

"I'm sure that the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, will be discussing this with the North Koreans in the near future", Bolton said Sunday on the CBS news program "Face the Nation". While Mr Trump said North Korea would see economic penalties relaxed only after he has "completely denuclearised", Kim has advocated a "step-by-step" process.

A number of media reports over the weekend citing intelligence officials said North Korea has no intention of abandoning its nuclear stockpiles, and information gathered since the Singapore summit points to the existence of undisclosed facilities to make material for nuclear bombs.

Bolton said Sunday, July 1, the USA has a plan that would lead to the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs in a year.

There are reports that until such time that North Korea's nuclear development team receives official word from Kim, the upgrades will continue.

"We're continuing to make progress", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said at Monday's press briefing.

"A lot of good conversations with North Korea that all is well!" In both trips, the chief USA diplomat met with the North's leader. -North Korea summit in Singapore.

US President Donald Trump said Tuesday talks with North Korea were making progress despite reports Kim Jong Un's regime had stepped up its nuclear program after the two leaders held a historic summit.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will head to Pyongyang today to reach an agreement with Kim Jong-un over the country's denuclearisation plan.

The satellite images showed that North Korea appears to be fast- tracking upgrades on the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center.

Pompeo must remember that North Korea wants to shift the focus of the discussion away from its weapons programs and toward highlighting North Korea's improving relations with the outside world.

The joint summit statement, however, gave no details on how or when Pyongyang might give up its weapons. "There is absolutely unequivocal evidence that they are trying to deceive the USA".

Bolton on Sunday declined to comment on intelligence matters.

Jeffrey Lewis, the director for the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at MIIS, said most of the plant was built in May, after Kim's summit with South Korean president Moon Jae-In.

Appearing on a different Sunday talk show on CBS News, his National Security Advisor John Bolton said that the USA has developed a programme to dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons.

They also agreed to the recovery of remains of thousands of US servicemembers still missing from the 1950-53 Korean War and "the immediate repatriation of those already identified". "It shows that they are fully committed to maintaining their ballistic missile program". "We are going to pursue this, and we will see what happens".