Pompeo in North Korea vows to get details of nuke commitment

Korean War

Korean War

"It would be tough for Pompeo to squeeze a timetable out of North Korea this week, but he at least needs to get them to announce a rough roadmap for denuclearization", Choi said.

The State Department is pushing back against suggestions the Trump administration has softened its stance on North Korea as the top USA diplomat travels to Pyongyang for crucial nuclear talks.

Kim also said the North is showing signs of building a new submarine capable of firing ballistic missiles at its Sinpo shipyard on the east coast.

Last month, the 38 North website, which monitors North Korean activity, said commercial satellite imagery of North Korea's Sohae Satellite Launching Station showed no dismantlement activity of its rocket engine test stand.

President Donald Trump used to taunt North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as "Little Rocket Man" for his frequent missile tests. "The military is also strengthening ideological education, such as holding anti-American discussions".

But the United States ability to verify the accuracy of any North Korean list is limited due to the lack of a "high confidence" accounting of the North's nuclear arsenal, such as the number of warheads and uranium enrichment facilities, especially if they are not operational, they said.

At the Singapore summit, Kim Jong Un made a broad commitment to "work toward denuclearisation", but fell short of details on how or when he would dismantle North Korea's nuclear program, which it has pursued in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Pompeo arrives in Pyongyang on Friday for a two-day visit. "We are committed to a denuclearized north Korea and Secretary Pompeo looks forward to continuing his consultations with North Korean leaders to follow up on the commitments made at the Singapore summit".

In a welcoming speech before the games Wednesday, Kim Il-guk, chairman of the DPRK Olympic Committee, said the competition was the result of both countries' leaders' "high will to tear down the wall of separation and advance independent reunification", as well as the peoples' "heated" passion to come together as one.

While basketball is North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's favorite sport - he's invited former NBA star Dennis Rodman to the country several times - he wasn't seen at the games and it was unclear if he would attend Thursday's games. The North's state-run media lobbed a warning shot at Washington over its criticism of the North's human rights record just before Pompeo's arrival.

Since the summit, North Korea has committed to returning the remains of possible American POWs in North Korea from the Korean War and to destroying their Ch'olsan County, North Pyongan province testing site.

"I had a very good feeling about him". Trump's inspiration for the gift reportedly stemmed from a conversation he had with Kim during the summit, sources told the conservative South Korean news outlet, Chosun Ilbo.

Last month, Trump told a crowd of supporters that 200 human remains had already "been sent back", but US military officials later said that was not the case.

On the trip this week, Pompeo will meet with Kim and other officials, according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

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