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Pompeo to head to North Korea as doubts mount about its intentions

04 July 2018, 10:30 | Erica Roy

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

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

Appearing on a different Sunday talk show on CBS News, his National Security Advisor John Bolton said that the U.S. has developed a programme to dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons.

As relations with China warm rapidly, official and unofficial cross-border business is expected to increase rapidly. It remains unclear why intelligence officials leaked it to the media, though one former weapons inspector who spoke with the Post implied that it might be because the intel community doesn't trust the Trump administration to negotiate a realistic deal.

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.

National security adviser John Bolton, who appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday, said he wouldn't comment on USA intelligence but emphasized the US will not be duped by the Kim regime, which has so often acted in bad faith.

Others say Pompeo should aim higher and get North Korea to commit to specific disarmament timetables and a "frontloaded" abandonment of its nuclear weapons and materials at an early stage.

USA defense analysts have said North Korea retains as many as 60 nuclear bombs and a range of missiles.

"The president is essentially taking North Korea's side", he said Tuesday night.

What are arms control wonks looking for from North Korea? The Pentagon has said it is a diplomatic issue, with casket-like carrying cases waiting at the DMZ for an agreement between North Korean and US delegations.

David Schmerler is a researcher at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California.

North Korea also appears to have blown up a missile test stand north of Kusong. In late May, the envoy led a meeting between US officials and North Korean officials in the demilitarized zone ahead of the Singapore summit.

White House staffers say president Trump went off the rails when he saw this parody picture of him and North Korean president Kim Jong UN.

In September 2017, Moscow and Beijing put forward a "double freeze" plan calling for a simultaneous halt to North Korea's tests and the US' war games in the region.

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

Subsequent satellite imagery, according to 38 North, showed the Punggye-ri headquarters building and support camps "apparently untouched".

Stephen Noerper is a director with the Korea Society.

"This site is the nearly complete expansion of the CMI that Kim was shown previous year", Schmerler tells VOA.

"We had good meetings yesterday and. the secretary of state will be there later this week to continue those discussions", she said.

He added: "They know the schedule of satellites going over North Korea". However, there is still no signed agreement on how that will be carried out.

Separately, he told "Fox News Sunday" that "we are using the full range of our capabilities to understand what North Korea is doing".

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