Is North Korea Balking at Denuclearization?

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to meet North Korean officials imminently to discuss how the process will take place

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to meet North Korean officials imminently to discuss how the process will take place

Following the historic meeting between the US President and his North Korean counterpart, and after the failure of ongoing trade talks, Trump finally followed through on threats to challenge China on trade.

In late May, the envoy led a meeting between US officials and North Korean officials in the demilitarized zone ahead of the Singapore summit.

USA defense analysts have said North Korea retains as many as 60 nuclear bombs and a range of missiles.

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"If North Korea makes the decision to denuclearize, their ballistics programs could be dismantled in a year", she said.

Victor Cha, the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, also told Axios that the Trump administration "needs to get a commitment to a full declaration" and have international experts in North Korea "sealing stuff and installing cameras" to ensure North Korea sticks to its promises.

In an interview Sunday, Bolton said it's in North Korea's interest to cooperate to see sanctions lifted quickly. "If not for me", he tweeted, "we would now be at War [sic] with North Korea!"

Tensions have calmed significantly, culminating in Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore last month.

He said that if progress was made, the USA was open to expanded future engagement with North Korea, including a possible visit by Kim to the UN General Assembly in NY in September and a second summit with Trump.

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is also rumored to be preparing for a trip to North Korea soon, perhaps as early as July 6.

In the weeks since, Trump has repeatedly claimed that North Korea has "blown up" multiple nuclear testing sites.

It was the first time US and North Korean officials are known to have met since President Donald Trump held talks with Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore.

Bolton said the "going to try and proceed to implement what the two leaders agreed to in Singapore", specifically "how to dismantle all of their WMD and ballistic missile programs in a year".

"In the last eight months, you haven't seen missile launches, you haven't seen nuclear detonations", Sanders added.

On Monday, the White House said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would travel to North Korea this week to continue talks on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. And as for a timeframe, while National Security Adviser John Bolton says it will happen within a year, Pompeo says that timeline is closer to two-and-a-half years, reports CBS News correspondent Paula Reid. Over the weekend, a US envoy met with the North Koreans at the DMZ.

North Korea appears to be finalizing the expansion of a key ballistic missile manufacturing site, according to an analysis of satellite imagery by researchers in the United States.

"Now we're saving a lot of money", Trump said of the cancellation of large-scale military drills that involve flights of U.S. bombers from the Pacific U.S. territory of Guam.

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