Trump says nuclear talks with North Korea talks ‘going…

US National Security Adviser John Bolton speaks during a press conference in Moscow

US National Security Adviser John Bolton speaks during a press conference in Moscow

Last weekend, a U.S. delegation met with Kim Jong-un's officials at the North and South Korean border, to discuss their next steps towards implementing the denuclearisation treaty signed by North Korea and the United States at the June 12 summit in Singapore.

Trump and Kim pledged after their June 12 summit to work toward "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula, but experts have criticized its vagueness and absence of language committing North Korea to the US's goal of "complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization" - which Pyongyang has routinely refused to carry out.

The president was referring to the talks that Sung Kim, the United States ambassador to the Philippines, and his delegation had with North Korean officials over the weekend in Panmunjom, a village on the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government.

"This is not like North Korea cheating or deceiving the USA because they've made no commitments". Trump tweeted. "In the meantime, no Rocket Launches or Nuclear Testing in 8 months".

"All of Asia is thrilled".

"A lot of good conversations with North Korea that all is well!"

"North Korea has a long history of cheating on agreements that it's made with previous administrations", she said in an interview with CNN's "State of the Union". Pressured by reporters about why "verifiable" and "irreversible" were not part of the Singapore declaration, an irritated Pompeo insisted that these demands were "in there" and that it was "silly" to ask why specific words were omitted.

National Security Adviser John Bolton said he wouldn't comment on intelligence matters, but said the administration is "very well aware of North Korea's pattern of behaviour" while negotiating with the US.

But a joint statement signed by the two leaders did not detail how and when North Korea will achieve denuclearization.

The planned visit comes amid reports that North Korea has been secretly expanding a major missile plant, potentially suggesting that the country doesn't plan to fully divest itself of its nuclear ambitions. "If it's our going-in position, it's fine. We're not going to provide a timeline for that", Nauert said.

Production of nuclear fuel has also ramped up while North Korea expands and improves a ballistic missile site.

Last week, a senior defense official said the US would have data points "pretty soon" that would determine if North Korea was "operating in good faith or not".

Other commercial satellite images reported last week by the monitoring website 38 North show that Pyongyang is rapidly upgrading its main nuclear complex at Yongbyon. If other elements of the U.S. intelligence community agree with the Defense Intelligence Agency's analysis, it could then become a so-called "finished intelligence product", or report that would be briefed to the highest levels of the administration.

A USA official told The Associated Press that the Post's report was accurate and that the assessment reflected the consistent view across US government agencies for the past several weeks.

Pompeo and Kim are expected to discuss concrete and credible measures to rid Pyongyang of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. Pyongyang has often had its own complaints about Washington over slow delivery of aid and imposition of sanctions.

Pompeo must remember that North Korea wants to shift the focus of the discussion away from its weapons programs and toward highlighting North Korea's improving relations with the outside world.

With no word yet on why there have been delays, 100 wooden casket-like transit boxes arrived at the border last week to be in position to transport remains to US custody.

Analyst Hong Min at Seoul's Korea Institute for National Unification downplayed the significance of the new disclosures, saying Pyongyang and Washington haven't yet agreed on detailed disarmament steps the North is obliged to take.

The Stanford team has proposed a 10-year roadmap, based on its belief that "North Korea will not give up its weapons and its weapons program until its security can be assured".

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