Monday, 10 December, 2018

Koreas in close consultations ahead of N. Korea-US summit

U.S. officials offer economic aid security assurances if North Korea eliminates nuclear program Koreas in close consultations ahead of N. Korea-US summit
Melinda Barton | 15 May, 2018, 21:59

Some analysts question whether the dismantling of the site is aimed at destroying evidence.

WASHINGTON-A former senior US diplomat from the Obama administration said that President Trump's recent decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal would not adversely affect USA negotiations with North Korea, contrary to the opinion of many of Trump's critics.

Pompeo told CBS News' "Face the Nation" on Sunday that the U.S.

Observers said the North Koreans might be visiting China to tour major industrial areas and to explore ways to deepen economic cooperation going forward.

"Make no mistake about it: America's interest here is preventing the risk that North Korea will launch a nuclear weapon into LA or Denver or into the very place we're sitting here this morning", Pompeo said.

"I think what the prospect for North Korea is to become a normal nation, to behave and interact with the rest of the world the way that South Korea does", Bolton said.

However, a senior Foreign Ministry official said Trump's visit to Japan "will depend on how the United States arranges its schedule".

Another official indicated the exact location of such secret uranium enrichment facilities is a closely guarded secret and not confirmed, but there is a high likelihood of one being located underground near the Panghyon Airfield in Kusong, a city in North Pyongan Province, or in some other location in the province. "I am pleased to inform you that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea with the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting".

"On the denuclearization side of the program, that means all aspects of their nuclear program", he added.

Washington is pressuring Pyongyang to show a clear intention toward denuclearization through action. Today, in a historic move, North Korea, after taking the biggest step towards reconciliation with South Korea last week, announced that it would destroy its nuclear test site. This could mean that the United States will not immediately lift sanctions on the North in a phased manner, awarding each action.

Experts say Kim needs to maintain good relations with his country's main patron as the Trump meeting looms.

The US wants to see the denuclearisation process so completely underway that it's irreversible, Bolton said.

The first source knowledgeable on matters of the summit said, "Taking into consideration that there is an enormous number of known North Korean nuclear facilities, completing a [verification and inspection] process within six months to one year is unrealistic".

"Barring a catastrophic error by Kim, what he has created with his first summits makes it impossible to return to the maximum pressure policy", Joseph DeThomas, a former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Nonproliferation, wrote last week for 38 North.