Pompeo to travel to N Korea for talks with Kim Jong

Pompeo to travel to N Korea for talks with Kim Jong

USA officials, led by Ambassador Sung Kim, met with their North Korean counterparts Sunday at the demilitarized zone that divides North and South Korea, the first such meeting since the Singapore summit.

President Donald Trump is trumpeting "many good conversations" with North Korea over denuclearization.

The Washington Post reported Saturday that USA intelligence officials had concluded that North Korea did not intend to fully give up its nuclear arsenal and is considering ways to hide the number of weapons it has. "Only the Opposition Party, which includes the Fake News, is complaining".

Mr Trump's self-professed peace-keeping comes despite reports emerging Kim Jong-un is still developing nuclear weapons as promised, after increased production in nuclear material was discovered across several sites in North Korea.

Despite Trump's rosy post-summit declaration that the North no longer poses a nuclear threat, Washington and Pyongyang have yet to negotiate the terms under which it would relinquish the weapons that it developed over decades to deter the U.S.

The State Department says a senior USA diplomat held talks with North Korea in the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas over the weekend.

Although US intelligence officials have stated unequivocally that Russian agents sought to influence the 2016 presidential election, Trump has continued to cast doubt on those conclusions.

White House national security adviser John Bolton offered up new details on Sunday about the path toward the nuclear disarmament of North Korea and addressed a recent Washington Post report suggesting that the country plans to deceive the United States about its nuclear stockpile.

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Pompeo has twice traveled to Pyongyang in recent months, once as Central Intelligence Agency chief and another time as secretary of state, meeting with Kim both times.

There have been reports Kim's regime has failed to honor its denuclearization pledge after the meeting.

Still, days after USA intelligence officials said North Korea has actually increased its production at secret nuclear facilities, Trump tried to take credit on Tuesday for single-handedly preventing war with the country.

The images seem to contradict Trump's reassurances that North Korea will fulfill their promise to denuclearize.

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

While Pyongyang has stopped missile and nuclear weapons tests, "there's no evidence that they are decreasing stockpiles or that they have stopped their production", an official told NBC News in the US. Asked whether Bolton would join Pompeo for the trip to Pyongyang, she said, "Not to my awareness".

"If they have the strategic decision already made to do that and they are cooperative, we can move very quickly", Bolton said.

NBC News and the Washington Post reported that North Korean attempts to hide nuclear work. They also say the US has an unrealistic approach to North Korea's denuclearization.

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