Pompeo meets North Koreans, hopes to 'fill in' details on denuclearisation

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When the US and North Korea concluded the Singapore summit, Mr. Trump declared that he and Kim developed a "very special bond" and Kim had committed to working "toward" denuclearization.

Trump spoke as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew to North Korea for talks following Kim's pledge to Trump at a Singapore summit last month to denuclearise.

Sources in Washington said the gifts reflect Trump's expectations that Kim will follow through on the pledges in an agreement the two signed at their summit.

Pompeo's visit is compatible with China's "double suspension" proposal, or reducing U.S-South Korea military cooperation in return for a North Korean agreement to "denuclearize", Lu said.

North Korea's nuclear and missile facilities are operating normally and the communist nation also appears to be building a new submarine capable of launching ballistic missiles, an opposition lawmaker said Thursday, citing defense ministry information.

Kim agreed to the "complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" - a stock phrase favoured by Pyongyang that stopped short of longstanding U.S. demands for North Korea to give up its atomic arsenal in a "verifiable" and "irreversible" way.

But the key is whether Pompeo can get Kim to act on his vague denuclearization pledge, agreeing to dismantle a specified amount of nuclear warheads by a given date.

"THAAD can work as a leverage against China, because the more China cooperates with North Korea's denuclearization, the more likely they can say goodbye to THAAD", said Yang.

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A spokesman for South Korea's presidential office would only say South Korea and the United States were working to formulate "constructive measures" on North Korea's denuclearisation. Kim mentioned that Trump once labeled him 'a little Rocket Man' when US-North Korea ties hit their nadir previous year on the heels of Pyongyang's nuclear tests and missile launches.

Over the past quarter-century, North Korea has frustrated or outfoxed USA administrations that have attempted to stop and reverse its weapons development through diplomacy and sanctions. "This shouldn't be handled now, but I'm gonna handle it because we have to handle it".

"This stand has been suggested as the probable location [Trump] was referring to in his post-Singapore summit statements that North Korea is 'destroying their engine site". He recalled that it took a long time during his experience negotiating with the North Koreans to figure out that food aid would be a key negotiating tool for the US because it was something that North Korea really wanted during the time.

This undated file photo distributed on Sunday, September 3, 2017, by the North Korean government, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second from right, at an undisclosed location in North Korea.

According to NBC News, reporters on the ground asked Mr. Pompeo about the CD, but he neither confirmed nor denied it.

Pompeo's talk will be closely watched in the region.

Kim - who has met former Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman several times in Pyongyang - expressed his enthusiasm for basketball exchanges at a landmark summit with the South's leader Moon Jae-in in April.

Possession or exposure to Western media of any kind can be punishable by public execution in North Korea, according to a variety of NGO reports and eyewitness accounts from North Korean defectors.

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