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Pompeo to travel to N Korea for talks with Kim Jong

06 July 2018

To date, Kim has halted nuclear and missile tests and has destroyed tunnels at the North's nuclear test site, but the authoritarian nation has yet to take concrete steps toward abandoning its weapons programs.

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.

"All of these actions call into question North Korea's sincerity to denuclearize", said Olivia Enos, a policy analyst with the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., who was in Singapore for the Trump-Kim summit.

This comes on top of a Washington Post report that USA intelligence believes the North Koreans are planning to hide the number of warheads in their arsenal.

It seems North Korea is only speeding up the pace at which it can build more nuclear weapons. He then told Fox News that his North Korean counterpart is "strong", "funny", "smart" and a "great negotiator".

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There have been reports Kim's regime has failed to honor its denuclearization pledge after the meeting.

The Washington Post on Sunday quoted unnamed USA officials who were briefed on intelligence findings that point to preparations for deceiving the United States, while NBC news has said Pyongyang is increasing its nuclear fuel production.

Bolton on Sunday declined to comment on intelligence matters.

Experts are warning that the Trump administration's plan to dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles in just a year is both unrealistic and risky.

Bolton told CBS's Face the Nation that Washington has devised a programme to dismantle North Korea's weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programmes in a year.

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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.

He said: "We know exactly what the risks are of them using negotiations to drag out the length of time they have to continue their nuclear chemical biological weapons programs and ballistic missiles".

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. But the Trump administration remains cautious; it renewed North Korean sanctions last month even after Trump's praise for his agreement with Kim in Singapore.

He said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will likely discuss that proposal with the North Koreans soon. "If they have the strategic decision already made to do that and they are cooperative, we can move very quickly". Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government.

"We're not going to provide a timeline for that", she continued.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un shakes hands with President Donald Trump during their historic summit at the Capella Hotel on June 12, 2018, in Singapore.

Pompeo to travel to N Korea for talks with Kim Jong