Pompeo arrives in North Korea

Pompeo arrives in North Korea

Trump and Kim Jong Un last month agreed to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, although they made no mention of how or when Pyongyang might give up its nuclear weapons program.

Mr Pompeo's upbeat mood appeared to continue following the two sides' first meeting, which lasted three hours.

The report of a potential nuclear-armed submarine comes as officials form the CIA and other intelligence agencies told NBC News on Saturday that North Korea has increased its production of enriched uranium - despite Kim Jong Un's historic summit with President Trump last month. "We will have good outcomes (at the Asian Games) if we join efforts", said Lee Moon-Kyu, a South Korean coach who led one of the women's teams at Wednesday's match.

Trump and Kim's historic summit produced a handshake and a signed agreement between the two countries but offered little specifics for how the North would go along with the "complete denuclearization" goal the USA has set.

Pompeo would try to agree on at least an initial list of nuclear sites and an inventory that could be checked against the available intelligence, USA intelligence officials told Reuters.

Both issues are considered essential tests of whether Kim is serious about negotiations.

During the working-level talks, Tokyo also reiterated its position that sanctions would remain in place unless the North takes concrete steps toward denuclearization, the sources said.

Although the talks have yielded nothing so far, Trump has spent the weeks since his summit celebrating it as a major success: "We signed a wonderful paper saying they're going to denuclearize their whole thing".




Ahead of the Singapore summit, Pompeo said Trump would reject anything short of "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation".

Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, says North Korea could dismantle its nuclear arsenal within a year, but other USA officials have said they hope it can be accomplished by the end of Trump's first term in the White House, in January 2021.

In addition, Switzerland has for decades played a small but highly symbolic role in ensuring the continuation of the ceasefire between North Korea and South Korea. Longer-term, the Koreas have vowed to improve the North's aging railways and roads.

But the key is whether Pompeo can get Kim to act on his vague denuclearization pledge, agreeing to dismantle a specified amount of nuclear warheads by a given date. "I expect that the DPRK is ready to do the same", Pompeo said.

Pompeo was met at the Pyongyang airport by Kim Yong Chol, a senior ruling party official and former intelligence chief, and Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho to begin his third visit since April and first since the June 12 summit.

Instead, South Korea was taking charge of issues related to peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula and reunification, Moon Chung-in added.

A day after the summit, Trump announced that the US was canceling joint military exercises with South Korea that the North has traditionally called practice for an invasion. "We are watching closely".

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