North Korea understands US on ‘complete denuclearization’: Pompeo

Jun 30, 2018, 11:33
North Korea understands US on ‘complete denuclearization’: Pompeo

Pompeo, however, refused to disclose the details of the ongoing negotiations between both the countries in regards to Pyongyang's dismantling of the nuclear weapon programme.

Captured on June 21, the photos reveal modifications to the site's plutonium production reactor and the construction of several support facilities - long-planned upgrades that were already underway before North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump met in Singapore earlier this month.

Senior officials from transport agencies of North and South Korea on Thursday began talks on linking the two countries' motor roads to make it possible to travel from Pyongyang to Seoul by vehicle.

"We took the tension level down", he added.

Speaking at a Senate hearing, Pompeo reiterated that sanctions on Pyongyang would remain until it achieved "complete and verifiable" denuclearisation, Yonhap News Agency reported. "I think his point was a fair one".

"It is the set case that we have observed China not enforcing control over their cross-border areas as vigorously as they were six or 12 months ago", he said, but said that was in comparison to what had been an all-time high.

South Korea's Moon Jae-in and the North's Kim Jong Un agreed in a landmark summit held in April to a broader plan to re-connect or newly establish railways and roadways between the two countries.

While he wouldn't address specifics demands, Pompeo insisted the administration has been "pretty unambiguous" in its discussions with North Korean officials. Steve Danes, Pompeo affirmed that Trump is willing to walk away from talks with Pyongyang if they go sour and continue the so-called "peaceful pressure" sanctions campaign.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives to testify before a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the proposed budget estimates and justification for FY2019 for the State on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 27, 2018. While these sites can not be detected by monitoring groups, they are assumed to remain operational, according to Wit.

Senator Leahy also got Secretary Pompeo to commit to briefing the entire Senate on what actions, if any, North Korea is taking to denuclearize.