Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Pompeo to return to North Korea

Pompeo to return to North Korea

A top USA diplomat had a meeting with members of a North Korean delegation on Sunday.

In a Twitter post, Trump said that North Korea has conducted "no Rocket Launches or Nuclear Testing in 8 months". The improvements include several new buildings and modifications to the plutonium production reactor's cooling system.

"The expansion suggests that, despite hopes for denuclearization, Kim Jong Un is committed to increasing North Korea's stockpile of nuclear-armed missiles", the report states, according to Bloomberg.

Author Gordan Chang told Fox News: "Those satellite images taken from June 21, nine days after the summit show that they are improving the cooling system of the Yongbyon five-megawatt reactor and that clearly is inconsistent with the notion that they want to give up their weapons".

Sung Kim is a former US envoy for North Korea and led policy negotiations with Pyongyang in advance of the summit.

Pompeo will travel to Tokyo after Pyongyang to discuss the denuclearization of North Korea with Japanese and South Korean officials, a statement from the State Department said.

"I'm sure that the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, will be discussing this with the North Koreans in the near future, about, really, how to dismantle all of their WMD and ballistic missile programs in a year", Bolton said on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday.

Pompeo last visited Pyongyang in May ahead of the Trump-Kim summit and traveled there secretly in early April while he was director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

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.

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.

Trump has offered exuberant assessments about progress with North Korea for weeks, declaring in a previous tweet that "there is no longer a nuclear threat" from North Korea.

Production of nuclear fuel has also ramped up while North Korea expands and improves a ballistic missile site. In an email to the author of the Slate piece, Siegfried S. Hecker, who is a former director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and has visited North Korean nuclear facilities multiple times, put it this way: The North Koreans "have not yet declared that they would shut the complex down-and, indeed, they have not".

The visit represents the highest-level exchange between the two sides since Mr Trump and Kim met in Singapore and agreed to work toward "complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula", without establishing a framework or guideposts for achieving that goal.

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

USA officials also said they were not convinced that North Korea was stopping missile production and testing.

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