China, Japan and South Korea Agree to Talk Things Through

US Monitor Says N. Korea is Dismantling its Nuclear Test Site

North Korea Appears to Be Shutting Down Its Nuke-Testing Site

Indeed, at one point, Pompeo has suggested that the U.S.is more categorical about North Korea getting rid of chemical and biological weapons than nuclear weapons - another hint that "denuclearization" does not imply denuclearization.

White House national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that North Korea's prospects are "unbelievably strong if they'll commit to denuclearization". This is the first time that the USA government mentioned a specific place in its territory to store North Korea's nuclear facilities and materials to be dismantled.

Beijing and Pyongyang are apparently boosting their high-level exchanges ahead of the first-ever summit between the United States and the North.

Kim Jong Un has a problem - a problem that could benefit President Donald Trump and the United States in the June negotiations in Singapore with the North Korean leader regarding that country's nuclear weapons program.

Pompeo said the United States would not be willing to invest taxpayer dollars to help the country, but was willing to "lift sanctions" to pave the way for private American investment in North Korea's energy, agriculture and infrastructure sectors. With the end of that deal comes the reintroduction of crippling economic sanctions which will serve to isolate, deplete and place strain on the crumbling Iran economy - the same type of sanctions which have finally brought North Korea to the negotiating table.

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"We will have to provide security assurances to be sure", Pompeo said. But just because President Trump appears ready to accede to what the North Koreans have always wanted doesn't mean we should harbor unrealistic ideas about what is possible. Pompeo praised this as "one step along the way".

"The president uses language that says 'we'll see, '" Pompeo told CBS's "Face the Nation".

"I've been on the job about five weeks", Bolton said. This followed an unusual report in the state-controlled North Korean media from May that year describing Kim's outrage at the state of the farm-but that story did not explicitly mention any execution.

Japan, meanwhile, has spent the past few months carefully weighing whether it should embark on its own meeting with Kim, a diplomatic gambit that could backfire to the severe detriment of Abe should he fail to win solid concessions from Kim on the long-standing abductee issue.

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