North Korea understands US on 'complete denuclearisation' - Pompeo

North Korea understands US on 'complete denuclearisation' - Pompeo

Pompeo told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday he is "optimistic" that the US will receive some remains "in the not-too-distant future".

That's despite President Donald Trump's assertion that North Korea has either turned some remains over or is in the process of doing so following his summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore earlier this month.

When news first broke earlier this year that Harris would be nominated for the post in Seoul, South Korean media described him as a hawk on North Korea, taking cue from his remarks during a 2014 Senate confirmation hearing for his admiral post that the North was America's "most volatile and unsafe threat".

"No change is actually a pretty significant story. this is still an active site producing plutonium for North Korea", according to Jeffrey Lewis, a professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

Shortly after the summit with Kim, Trump declared that there was "no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told US lawmakers on Wednesday that North Korea remains a nuclear threat, but defended President Donald Trump for tweeting earlier this month, "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea".

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

In reality, the document he signed with Kim at their June 12 summit in Singapore only reiterated North Korea's previous commitment to "work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", and the new images released Wednesday align with Defense Secretary James Mattis' assessment that Pyongyang remains in a holding pattern as negotiators discuss the next steps in talks. "I don't think there's any doubt about that".

Pompeo was questioned by the Senate Appropriations Committee on a range of topics including Iran's nuclear capabilities.

By contrast, Pyongyang is expected to call on Seoul to start joint work early on road repairs and connection on the assumption that the sanctions will be eased in line with progress in the denuclearization of North Korea. "We haven't seen the destruction of missiles, we haven't seen the destruction of nuclear weapons systems", Brooks added.

He expressed confidence that North Korea understands the scope of U.S. request for denuclearisation.

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

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