Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Korea talks will take place

Trump says North Korea must disarm before any economic relief, says Mike Pompeo
Andrew Cummings | 24 May, 2018, 02:24

Pompeo told the House Foreign Affairs Committee in prepared testimony on Wednesday that a "bad deal" is not an option. "The American people are counting on us to get this right".

"Bolton meant how Gaddafi allowed the USA to pack up and take away his nuclear-weapons-related equipment".

On Tuesday, seated alongside South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Mr. Trump said the summit about denuclearization may not happen June 12.

Appearing before the House foreign affairs committee, Pompeo was asked repeatedly about his two recent meetings with the North Korean leader and what the U.S. meant by the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, a goal that both parties share but which is vaguely defined.

"There was no deal to keep Gadhafi", Trump said.

The Singapore meeting failure could serve as a much-needed reality check on negotiating with North Korea.

North Korea plans to collapse access tunnels to the site, but it can always build more tunnels, dig the tunnels back out again, or test somewhere else.

Pompeo said he had raised the issue of human rights with Kim "and it will be part of the discussions as we move forward".

The United States and South Korea are working to keep the scheduled USA summit with North Korea on track - even after President Donald Trump's comment that "there's a very substantial chance" it won't go off as planned. But Pyongyang abruptly canceled high-level talks scheduled for last week to protest the ongoing joint U.S. -South Korean "Max Thunder" air combat drills.

This satellite image, released and notated by Airbus Defense & Space and 38 North on March 30, shows the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in North Korea.

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He said that "large teams" were on standby to supervise North Korean disarmament if an agreement is reached in Singapore. The US has maintained nuclear weapons without testing them for decades.

North Korea had announced it would use explosives to close test tunnels, expected on Thursday or Friday. But Seoul says the group did not make the flight after Pyongyang declined to accept them.

"The North Koreans have good reason to be alarmed by what Trump meant as assurances but what came across as a threat to "decimate" their country if it didn't surrender its nuclear arms".

North Korea has always justified its nuclear program as a deterrent against perceived USA hostility.

The United States stations 28,500 troops in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

And if North Korea truly has completed its nuclear program, as it says it has, then it no longer needs an active test site anyway. "We are not going to provide economic relief until some time as we have an irreversible set of actions - not words, not commitments - undertaken by the North Korean regime".

Pompeo says previous USA administrations had been "fooled before and we can't permit that to happen again".

The US secretary of state told the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee that he was "hopeful" that the meeting would go ahead.

Russian Federation has expressed support for the U.S.

Russian Federation announced Wednesday that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will travel to North Korea for a visit on May 31.

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