S.Korean minister proposes US-N.Korea tradeoff

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un at their summit in Singapore

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un at their summit in Singapore

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Pompeo will meet with Kim in Pyongyang on October 7.

Pompeo has refused to comment on the declaration option.

It isn't clear whether North Korea has made any substantial changes when it comes to denuclearization, but Trump and Pompeo have been telegraphing the possibility of a second summit for several weeks.

USA officials have said the sanctions will remain in place until North Korea has "fully" and "verifiably" denuclearized.

Trump, who has sounded optimistic about holding a second summit with Kim, has not ruled out declaring an end to the 1950-1953 war, which concluded only with an armistice.

"The perception that sanctions can bring us on our knees is a pipe dream of the people who are ignorant of us", North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said in a speech to the UNGA on Saturday.

FireEye said there appears to be some sharing of resources between hacker groups in North Korea, including those involved in espionage and those in other kinds of attacks. However, he distanced himself from an earlier stated goal of getting North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons by the end of Trump's four-year term in January 2021.

Graham was responding to comments the president made last week during a West Virginia rally about how his relationship with the North Korean leader has evolved since the pair met in Singapore this past June. At the time, Trump said there hadn't been enough progress on denuclearization.

At Wednesday's briefing, Pompeo said the statements were "entirely consistent with each other".

CrowdStrike says it has detected continuing North Korean cyber intrusions in the past two months, including the use of a known malware against a potentially broad set of targets in South Korea, and a new variant of malware against users of mobile devices that use a Linux-based operating system. South Korea attributes the unorthodox and incredible diplomatic efforts of President Trump for trailblazing these historic developments. This is a long-term problem; this has been outstanding for decades. But he added that much work remains to be done and that the sanctions against North Korea will stay in place "until denuclearization occurs". He said there was unanimous support for this at last week's U.N. General Assembly, even if Russian Federation and China "had some ideas about how we might begin to think about a time when it would be appropriate to reduce them".

Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the Workers' Party of Korea, underlined the point in an editorial Sunday.

The summit resulted in a joint statement in which North Korea expressed willingness for a "permanent" dismantling of its main nuclear facility in Nyongbyon - if the United States takes corresponding measures - and the dismantling of a missile engine test site and launch pad in northwestern North Korea. "But the problem is that the continued sanctions are deepening our mistrust", he said.

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