Published: Mon, July 23, 2018
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Pompeo: Some US Korean War Remains to Come Home Soon

Pompeo: Some US Korean War Remains to Come Home Soon

Earlier in June, US broadcaster NBC News reported that US intelligence agencies believed North Korea continued producing fuel for its nuclear programme.

Moon and Kim's summit in April was followed on June 12 by a meeting between Kim and President Trump in Singapore, where the two leaders agreed to work toward denuclearization and other issues.

The text has been criticized for the lack of specifics and deadlines regarding the dismantlement of the North Korean nuclear programme.

Trump has used harsher language for the media coverage of the North Korea summit calling it "almost treasonous" during an interview with Mike Huckabee the former Arkansas governor last month.

The U.N. Security Council has unanimously boosted sanctions on North Korea since 2006 in a bid to choke off funding for Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, banning exports including coal, iron, lead, textiles and seafood, and capping imports of crude oil and refined petroleum products.

Dozens of transfer cases to carry the American remains have been brought to the southern side of the border in recent weeks.

Beyond the promised initial return of remains that the North may have been holding in storage for years, the State Department said earlier this week that the two sides have agreed to restart searches for burial locations of USA war remains in North Korea. However, Pyongyang shouldn't look forward to an easing of sanctions any time soon, as, according to Trump, they will remain in place.

North Korea's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) dropped 3.5 percent in 2017, the biggest drop since the 6.5 percent drop in 1997.

"Discussions are ongoing and they're going very, very well", Mr Trump told reporters in Washington.

North Korean state media, which has often derided the South and its former presidents as a "puppet" of U.S. hostile forces, has notably refrained from criticising the Moon administration especially after this year's thaw in relations.

Pompeo also said on Wednesday the North Koreans had "reaffirmed their commitment to denuclearize".

Since then, he has actively reached out to the outside world, meeting with leaders of its foe countries, such as Moon Jae-in, South Korean president, and the U.S. President Donald Trump, as well as Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, the presidents of North Korea's long-time supporters China and Russian Federation.

"In the past, it took months to prepare for a summit between the North and South but now it exceeded the usual practice".

More than a month later, no concrete progress has been reported and North Korea has complained that the U.S. is making unilateral demands.

The United States is expecting North Korea to return the first group of possible USA service member remains on July 27, according to a U.S. official. Giving up on the deadline will give North Korea a chance to become a nuclear-armed nation.

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