State Department: 'No Surprises' for North Korea During Pompeo Visit

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to travel to North Korea this Thursday for talks on denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. "It's to North Korea's advantage to see these programs dismantled very quickly, because then the elimination of sanctions, aid by South Korea and Japan and others can all begin to flow".

But fresh doubts about Kim's intentions have emerged in recent days as independent researchers and media reports detailed North Korean efforts to increase nuclear fuel production, build more missile launchers and expand a key rocket-engine manufacturing facility.

Trump tweets Tuesday that "All of Asia is thrilled" that North Korea has halted missile testing and only the "Opposition Party" Democrats, including the "Fake News" is complaining.

Pompeo is due in North Korea for talks on a nuclear deal later this week, and his spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the issue came up in his conversation with Lavrov, along with the war in Syria and preparations for Trump's July 16 summit in Helsinki with Russia's President Vladimir Putin.

Asked about the US diplomat's visit, Kim Eui-keum, a spokesman for South Korea's Blue House, said that they were aware of the meeting but that it would be inappropriate to comment further.

Immediately following the summit, Trump also announced the USA was canceling a major joint military exercise with South Korea scheduled for August, Ulchi Freedom Guardian - even calling it a "war game", and "provocative" - the same language used by North Korea and China.

A US delegation led by USA ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim met with North Korean counterparts at Panmunjom on the border between North and South Korea on Sunday to discuss next steps on the implementation of the summit declaration, the State Department said.

13 Jun the us President said that the nuclear threat from North Korea no longer exists.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is also expected to visit Pyongyang this week to press for denuclearization as well, according to the Financial Times.

According to NBC, which spoke to USA officials familiar with intelligence assessments of North Korean denuclearization, the Kim regime has only stopped its missile and nuclear tests.

North Korea is suspected of expanding a major missile manufacturing facility even as it pursues dialogue with the US, according to the Wall Street Journal on Sunday.

North Korea has consistently refused in past rounds of failed negotiations to provide an inventory of its weapons program and US intelligence remains uncertain of how many nuclear warheads North Korea has. The U.S. intelligence community has several ways to assess North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, including satellite imagery, seismic sensors, and infrared systems.

Bolton on Sunday declined to comment on intelligence matters. But rather than have a series of reports, things are going better, things are not going well, they're concealing this, they're not concealing that, really, it doesn't serve the objective of advancing the negotiations. "I don't want a war with North Korea".

".And as far as the one-year timeline, Ambassador Bolton said if North Korea makes the decision to denuclearize, their ballistics programs could be dismantled in a year".

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