State Department: 'No Surprises' for North Korea During Pompeo Visit

Kim Jong Un visits the Sinuiju Chemical Fibre Mill

In late May, the envoy led a meeting between USA officials and North Korean officials, also in the demilitarized zone, ahead of the Singapore summit. At a recent rally, he also said he had "great success" with Pyongyang.

On Monday, the White House said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would travel to North Korea this week to continue talks on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Trump's questionable claim afterward that the North was no longer a nuclear threat was soon displaced by doubts about how to achieve denuclearization, a goal that has eluded USA administrations for the past quarter-century since Pyongyang began producing fissile material for bombs.

Some US officials believe that North Korea has about 65 nuclear warheads.

China and the United States both hope to see the Korean peninsula free of nuclear weapons.

Experts say Pompeo's visit to Pyongyang would serve as a barometer for future negotiations over North Korea's nuclear weapons programs. "We believe that early access to the known Yongbyon centrifuge facility and halting operations of the uranium chemical processing facilities that support all enrichment activities are the most important initial steps".

A USA official told The Associated Press that the Post's report was accurate and that the assessment reflected the consistent view across US government agencies for the past several weeks.

National Security Advisor John Bolton acknowledged to CBS on Sunday that deception while using diplomacy as a cover is "what they have done before, but Kim Jong-un was very emphatic several times in Singapore he was different from prior regimes".

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"Now we're saving a lot of money", Trump said of the cancellation of large-scale military drills that involve flights of U.S. bombers from the Pacific U.S. territory of Guam. The Post is withholding details at the request of intelligence officials.

Bolton declined to comment on specific intelligence, but he added the administration has no illusions about North Korea's record on disarmament. 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. "What I can tell you is that we're continuing to make progress", she said.

"There's nobody involved in this discussion with North Korea in the administration who is overburdened by naïveté".

"I think a number of things have happened".

Following the historic US-North Korea summit last month in Singapore, the US president declared that there was "no nuclear threat from North Korea".

Joel Wit, a former diplomat who helped the USA negotiate with North Korea including a nuclear agreement between the US and the regime in 1994, said the US believed the rogue regime had two sites to "enrich nuclear fuel" including Yongbyon and another, but the name of the center was not revealed.

Prior to the summit, North Korea already took some of the most important first steps outlined by a white paper titled "A Technically-informed Roadmap for North Korea's Denuclearization".

"North Korea has made no new commitments to denuclearization, and in fact has backed away from its previous commitments", Abraham Denmark, Asia Program director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, told a House committee in late June.


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