Pompeo Heads to North Korea to Firm Up Denuclearization Plans

Pompeo Heads to North Korea to Firm Up Denuclearization Plans

One is a letter from U.S. President Donald Trump and the other an Elton John CD with his song "Rocket Man".

But the US's top diplomat also planned to give Kim a gift: an Elton John CD featuring the song "Rocket Man".

-North Korea diplomacy, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo set his sights on high bar when he landed in Pyongyang on Friday morning: Specifying North Korea's commitment on denuclearization.

Regarding fears that the USA may have softened its expectations in the denuclearization process, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert - who is accompanying Pompeo to Pyongyang - said their policy had not changed and that they are "committed to a denuclearized North Korea".

Now, he'll be able to hear the tune, and maybe return the favor with a mix tape.

This week, Trump said on Twitter that his administration has been having "many good conversations " with the North Koreans over their plan to denuclearize and that "all of Asia is thrilled".

USA intelligences officials, though, believe North Korea does not plan to give up its nuclear weapons program and had attempted to deceive the Trump administration, NBC News said.

North Korean officials have yet to demonstrate that in working-level talks, the intelligence officials said.

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.

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North Korea launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on the Fourth of July 2017, praising it as "a gift for the American bastards".

USA officials remain skeptical whether Pompeo's visit will produce palpable results.

It is important that any USA negotiations are founded on a "solid understanding of the structure of North Korea's solid-fueled missile program" to avoid being duped by the country's propaganda efforts, Schmerler and Lewis wrote earlier this week on ArmsControlWonk.com. Longer-term, the Koreas have vowed to improve the North's aging railways and roads.

US national security chief John Bolton earlier stated that the USA could dismantle North Korea's arsenal including all weapons of mass destruction and missile programs within a year, depending on Pyongyang's willingness.

"I think we understand each other".

If a timeline, a list or any other details are not made during Pompeo's third visit, the Trump administration will face growing voices of skepticism among conservatives in the USA, after intelligence sources said North Korea was secretly continuing with its nuclear activities.

The assessment revealed that, in recent months, North Korea had upped its production of fuel for nuclear weapons at several secret sites.

He 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. He recalled that it took a long time during his experience negotiating with the North Koreans to figure out that food aid would be a key negotiating tool for the USA because it was something that North Korea really wanted during the time.

Pompeo's talk, which resume on Sunday, will be closely watched in the region.

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