Trump says nuclear talks with North Korea 'going well'

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un smiles during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defence Science in Hamhung

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un smiles during a visit to the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defence Science in Hamhung Credit Reuters

A State Department spokesperson has suggested that the United States will continue to demand North Korea's complete denuclearization.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be discussing with the North Koreans in the near future about really how to dismantle all of their weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs in a year, he said.

A U.S. delegation, led by U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, met with North Korean officials on Sunday in the truce village of Panmunjom.

The U.S. administration insists it has a plan for rapid denuclearization of the North and has defended the diplomatic process, which has tamped down tensions after more than a year of missile and nuclear tests and saber rattling that raised fears of a new war.

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.

The statement said Pompeo and "relevant high-level" North officials will hold follow-up negotiations "at the earliest possible date" to implement the outcomes of the summit.

"We'll know pretty soon if they're going to operate in good faith or not", said the official.

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".

"First, they would want to say that they have lots of intelligence on North Korea and that its relations with the US would go back to the past if it doesn't take practical disarmament steps", Nam said.

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He also played it coy when asked by lawmakers last week about specific conditions the administration has set for North Korea to achieve denuclearization and secure economic concessions.

Pompeo's meeting in the North Korean capital will be his first with officials from the country since the landmark Trump-Kim summit. Either Kim Jong-un deceived President Trump or Kim does not control the military in North Korea. "And without those inspections, we can have no guarantee that North Korea is not cheating again".

South Korean media reported on Sunday that US envoy Sung Kim, the American ambassador to the Philippines, met with North Korean officials at the border on Sunday to coordinate an agenda for Pompeo's next visit to North Korea.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a noted basketball fan, didn't appear at the gymnasium on Wednesday.

"If not for me, we would now be at War with North Korea!"

"I don't think it could be done during Pompeo's visit to Pyongyang this time", he said. He said North Korea's weapons program could largely be ended in a year.

In a Sunday interview with Fox News, President Trump said North Korea is (quote) "very serious" about denuclearization.

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Still, there are gestures both sides could make to build trust along the lines of the USA president's unilateral decision to suspend joint military exercises with South Korea planned for August.

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