President Donald Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, said Sunday that Pompeo and North Korean officials will discuss a USA plan that would lead to the dismantling of the North's nuclear and missile programs in a year.
South Korea media reported on Sunday that Sung Kim, the USA ambassador to the Philippines, met with North Korean officials on Sunday at the border village of Panmunjom within the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas to coordinate an agenda for Pompeo's next visit to North Korea.
Trump watches as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, walks toward him for their first-ever meeting, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at the Capella Hotel in Singapore. And with US-South Korean military exercises canceled, and Chinese and South Korean sanctions easing, the North Koreans have no immediate incentive to take that step. The short joint statement did not define how that would be achieved or say when the process would begin or how long it might take.
Bolton's remarks Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation" presented a very ambitious timeline for North Korea to fulfill that commitment.
Sarah Sanders added: "We had good meetings yesterday and the Secretary of State will be there later this week to continue those discussions".
CNN host Fareed Zakaria was amazed at Trump's brazen disregard for US intelligence and his poor grip on the basics of diplomacy.
NBC News and the Washington Post reported that North Korean attempts to hide nuclear work. "And Secretary Pompeo, as I just mentioned, will be headed to North Korea later this week". The follow-up round of talks between the two men would come when world leaders are in US for the U.N. General Assembly meeting, Axios reported. Such missiles are more concerning to US military planners because they can be kept hidden while fueled, making them easier to deploy and harder to target during any attack. The official was not authorized to comment publicly on the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.
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Republican Senator Susan Collins said she was troubled by the news reports.
An NBC News report on Friday quoted officials saying USA intelligence agencies believe North Korea has increased production of fuel for nuclear weapons at multiple secret sites in recent months and may try to hide these while seeking concessions in talks with the United States. "Physically we would be able to dismantle the overwhelming bulk of their programs within a year".
Even if North Korea is willing to cooperate, dismantling its secretive weapons of mass destruction programs, believed to encompass dozens of sites, will be tough.
On his two previous visits, he had laid the groundwork for the Pyongyang-Washington summit last month.
"All of these actions call into question North Korea's sincerity to denuclearize", said Olivia Enos, a policy analyst with the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., who was in Singapore for the Trump-Kim summit. He finally shrugged, reluctantly admitting that it "may not work out", as if it were a development deal for some hotel in Miami Beach rather than the possible annihilation of millions of people.
Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News.
"The expansion suggests that, despite hopes for denuclearization, Kim Jong Un is committed to increasing North Korea's stockpile of nuclear-armed missiles", the report's authors David Schmerler and Jeffrey Lewis wrote.