Pompeo and Bolton outline North Korea plans as talks approach

Kim Jong-un will meet President Trump on June 12 in Singapore

Kim Jong-un will meet President Trump on June 12 in SingaporeGETTY IMAGES

-North Korea summit talks.

Pinning down North Korea's plutonium and highly enriched uranium (HEU) fuel for nuclear weapons is a key challenge for North Korean denuclearization, including locating the facilities producing them and estimating the size of the country's stockpiles of fuel.

Representatives of the two countries would be returning to a site where North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un dramatically crossed the border into South Korea last month for a meeting with his southern counterpart, president Moon Jae-in, the Independent reported.

Moon said Trump, as well as the people of the United States, Japan and South Korea, would not be able to accept an incremental approach. After decades of hostility and threats of nuclear attacks, these new developments between US, North Korea and South Korea are groundbreaking, and hint at finally achieving some hope of reconciliation in the Korean peninsula, after almost seventy years of enmity. As things stand, a complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of North Korea's nuclear arsenal appears to be an unrealistic goal right now.

Speaking about his secretive trip to North Korea for the first time on Sunday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described what it was like to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The reporters will then be transported by a chartered train to the nuclear test site in Punggye-ri. Abe will also press Trump to bring up the abduction issue during his meeting with Kim.

The US wants to see the denuclearisation process so completely underway that it's irreversible, Bolton said. "Generally, the deadline for North Korea's denuclearization is being set for two years, by 2020". Trump is already tweeting about complete "denuclearisation", whereas North Korea has indicated it is, at best, committed now to a pause in its nuclear programme as it prepares to assess what the USA brings to the table.

Beijing and Pyongyang are apparently boosting their high-level exchanges ahead of the first-ever summit between the United States and the North. "It's going to require some discussion with North Korea", the NSA said. He "told Kim that if Pyongyang reaches an agreement with Washington and makes concrete progress on denuclearization, there would be good cause for China to support North Korea".

Pyongyang on Saturday invited global journalists to watch the dismantling of the Punggye-ri site, and the latest satellite imagery showed the disassembly is already in process.

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