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US State Department declines to give timeline for DPRK's denuclearization

06 July, 2018, 22:54 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • FILE- U.S. National security adviser John Bolton said Sunday the U.S. has a plan that would lead to the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs in a year

A spokeswoman for the US State Department emphasised America's goal was to achieve "the final, fully-verified denuclearisation of North Korea, as agreed to by Chairman Kim in Singapore". And it is to North Korea's advantage to dismantle very quickly.

The meeting appears to be the first face-to-face contact between US officials and their North Korean counterparts since President Donald Trump met with leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government.

"Many good conversations with North Korea-it is going well!"

Trump's statement reaffirmed the conversations between the USA and North Korea, "Many good conversations with North Korea-it is going well!"

During his annual new year's speech, the North Korean dictator ordered his country's missile and nuclear weapons research sectors to mass produce ballistic missiles.

NBC News and the Washington Post reported that North Korean attempts to hide nuclear work.

Bolton also said Sunday on CBS that during the US-North Korea summit in Singapore, Kim was "very emphatic several times" about turning over the arsenal, which was a change from previous regimes. "If not for me, we would now be at War with North Korea!"

According to Axios, which first reported the news, US officials would only move forward with the meeting if Pyongyang provides evidence they are moving forward with denuclearization. In late May, the envoy led a meeting between US officials and North Korean officials, also in the demilitarized zone, ahead of the Singapore summit. The official was not authorized to comment publicly on the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.

"He wants to understand the Russian position, but, more importantly, he wants Putin to understand our position", Bolton said.

"We have developed a program". U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is also rumored to be preparing for a trip to North Korea soon, perhaps as early as July 6. Collins stressed the need for "verifiable, unimpeded, reliable inspections" of the North's weapons programs.

"It goes to show the intentions and expectations that the North Koreans had going into the meeting", said David Schmerler, a researcher at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

The State Department said Pompeo would arrive Friday on his third visit to Pyongyang in three months.

President Trump's administration are so gung-ho about improving relations with North Korea's Kim Jong-un that they're already thinking about setting up a second meeting in September, according to a new report. He finally shrugged, reluctantly admitting that it "may not work out", as if it were a development deal for some hotel in Miami Beach rather than the possible annihilation of millions of people.

"I'll make my utmost efforts", Xi told him, according to the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun. "I really believe he means it", the president said on Fox News Channel's "Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo".

"In the last eight months, you haven't seen missile launches, you haven't seen nuclear detonations", Sanders added.


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