Korea to accompany Pompeo on trip to Pyongyang Sunday

Korea to accompany Pompeo on trip to Pyongyang Sunday

Korea to accompany Pompeo on trip to Pyongyang Sunday

"Secretary Pompeo accepted Chairman Kim's invitation to travel to Pyongyang to make further progress on the implementation of commitments from the U.S. - DPRK Singapore summit, including the final, fully verified denuclearization of the DPRK", State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said at the time. Nauert indicated that the talk between both leaders will aim at Pyongyang's nuclear capability as one of the issues that will be discussed.

Talks between Washington and Pyongyang have stalled since the Singapore summit in June, despite positive momentum stemming from a meeting between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in last month.

Kim committed to work toward "complete" denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in exchange for security guarantees from the United States.

The leaders of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) are engaging in peace efforts, which have been met with skepticism from other countries, including the United States.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sounded an upbeat tone on Wednesday as he talked about his upcoming trip to North Korea and the progress he expected to make towards the denuclearisation of the country.

The Seoul government earlier said that it does not view the money to be spent on the South Korean delegation's trip to the North as a violation of global sanctions on its regime, though it said that close talks have been under way with the United States on the matter.

She said that in the meantime, sanctions would remain in place.

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At a campaign rally on Saturday, Trump said he and Kim "fell in love", adding "he wrote me lovely letters".

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.

"We are not easing the pressure in that regard at all", she said, while responding when asked if Washington was considering any kind of peace declaration: "We are not".

A commentary on North Korea's official KCNA news agency this week, however, said the declaration should have been resolved half a century ago and it could never be a bargaining chip to persuade it to denuclearize. "Nothing has changed with regard to our policy".

Cho told South Korean lawmakers on Monday that North Korea is estimated to have 20 to 60 nuclear weapons, in Seoul's first public comment about the size of the North's weapons arsenal.

Trump said last week that a second meeting would happen "in the not too distant future" and that a date and venue would be announced soon.

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