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Pompeo to head to North Korea as doubts mount over denuclearization

Pompeo to head to North Korea as doubts mount over denuclearization”

The White House refused to confirm or deny reports that Kim's regime has stepped up its nuclear program since the Trump summit.

After promising as a candidate that he would be happy to talk to the North Korean dictator and would "absolutely" try to talk some sense into Kim Jong-un, President Trump began his outreach to him with a series of insulting tweets.

Last week, 38 North, a North Korea monitoring project affiliated with Washington's Stimson Center think-tank, said satellite imagery showed the North had been upgrading its Yongbyon nuclear complex.

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But the continued talks come as reports from United States intelligence agencies reveal that Pyongyang is continuing to work on its nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile systems while engaging in negotiations.

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Some North Korea experts, however, have questioned Pyongyang's willingness to make good on Trump's nuclear goals.

The president tweeted Tuesday that talks on the next steps with North Korea are "going well" and claimed his efforts had defused any nuclear threat.

North Korea leader Kim Jong-un, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump shake hands at the conclusion of their meetings at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore on June 12.

In other news reports, American intelligence officials have said the North is seeking to mislead the United States about how many weapons it has.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will depart for his third trip to North Korea on July 5, the White House announced Monday.

His comments on Twitter came as U.S. officials seek to reach an agreement with Pyongyang over a denuclearisation plan following last month's summit between Mr Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Noting that the USA is very well aware of North Korea's pattern of behaviour over decades of negotiating with the USA, he said that the Trump administration knows exactly what the risks are of them using negotiations to drag out the length of time they have to continue their nuclear, chemical, biological weapon programmes and ballistic missiles.

According to the State Department, senior US diplomat Sung Kim, who held negotiations with North Korean officials before the Singapore summit, also travelled to a Korean border village on Sunday to restart talks with the North. Such missiles are more concerning to US military planners because they can be kept hidden while fueled, making them easier to deploy and harder to target during any attack.

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

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a member of the Armed Services Committee, told NBC on Sunday that if the intelligence reports are true, North Korea is "saying one thing and doing another, nobody should be surprised".

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"I really believe he means it", the president said on Fox News Channel's "Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo". "We've seen how the North Koreans have behaved before", Bolton said. She also pointed out that North Korea has made similar moves in the past, which should have served as red flags to the current administration.



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