North, South Korea agree on third summit to be held in Pyongyang

North, South Korea agree on third summit to be held in PyongyangNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met in April and May at the border truce village of Panmunjom, within the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that separates the two Koreas, and agreed that the next summit in autumn would be held in the North Korean capital. The two Koreas held a fresh round of talks at the DMZ on Monday to discuss the third summit, led by the South’s Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the North’s reunification committee.


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Pompeo says North Korea dismantling test site consistent with commitments by Pyongyang

Pompeo says North Korea dismantling test site consistent with commitments by PyongyangReports that Pyongyang has started dismantling facilities at a test site used to develop engines for ballistic missiles were “entirely consistent with the commitment” made by North Korea’s leader at a June summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday. “We’ve been pressing for there to be inspectors on the ground when that engine test facility is dismantled, consistent with Mr. Kim’s commitment,” Pompeo said at a news briefing following meetings with his Australian counterpart. Asked what further steps were needed by North Korea following the June 12 summit in Singapore between Kim Jong Un and Trump, Pompeo added: “They need to completely, fully denuclearize.


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Japan's Abe praises Pompeo after Pyongyang's 'gangster-like' accusation

Japan's Abe praises Pompeo after Pyongyang's 'gangster-like' accusationBy David Brunnstrom and Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe praised on Sunday U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s conduct at denuclearization talks with North Korean officials who accused America’s top diplomat of making “gangster-like” demands. “I would like to pay my tribute to the strong leadership you have demonstrated in negotiating with North Korea,” Abe said when he met Pompeo at his residence in Tokyo. “This really shows the unwavering bond of the Japan-U.S. alliance.” North Korea’s accusation that Pompeo had made “gangster-like” demands, which came after two days of talks that began in Pyongyang on Friday, contradicted Pompeo’s comments on Saturday that he had made progress on “almost all of the central issues”.


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Mike Pompeo arrives in Pyongyang to press for commitment to denuclearisation

Mike Pompeo arrives in Pyongyang to press for commitment to denuclearisationMike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, vowed to get North Korea to make specific commitments towards “total” denuclearisation during the first day of his trip to Pyongyang on Friday. Mr Pompeo is aiming to leave his third trip to the North Korean capital with the promise of concrete action from Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, following his summit with Donald Trump, the US president, last month. “On this trip, I’m seeking to fill in some details on these commitments and continue the momentum toward implementation of what the two leaders promised each other and the world. I expect that the DPRK [North Korea] is ready to do the same,” Mr Pompeo said. One key aim of the trip is thought to be the return of the remains of US troops killed during the 1950-53 Korean War. Both sides have suggested Pyongyang is willing to turn over dozens if not hundreds of sets of remains. It is Mr Pompeo’s third trip to Pyongyang Credit: AP- Doubts over the North’s intentions have grown amid reports it is continuing to expand facilities related to its nuclear and missile programs and questions over how willing the North Korean dictator is to give up his nuclear arsenal. Mr Trump has faced criticism for suspending large-scale US military drills with South Korea before failing to receive a firm time frame for the North’s denuclearisation process. On Friday night South Korean officials claimed North Korea appeared to be developing a new submarine capable of launching nuclear-armed ballistic missiles. Satellite imagery reviewed by the country’s intelligence officials suggested North Korea is constructing the submarine in a facility on the east coast of the country, the Wall Street Journal reported. Mr Pompeo met with Kim Yong Chol, a senior official a who has been something of a point-man on Washington negotiations, on Friday for his first round of talks. “The more you come, more trust we can build between one another,” Mr Kim told America’s top diplomat. It was not clear if Mr Pompeo would meet directly with Kim Jong-un, as he had done previously, but the diplomat reportedly brought with him a CD with the Elton John song “Rocket Man” as a gift. Mr Trump repeatedly derided Kim as “Little Rocket Man” during heightened tensions between the two leaders, something Kim reportedly raised at their June 12 summit. According to the South Korean newspaper The Chosun Ilbo, Mr Trump asked Mr Pompeo to bring a copy of the CD and a letter during his subsequent trip to the state.


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As Pompeo visits Pyongyang, South Korea quietly watches — and worries

  1. As Pompeo visits Pyongyang, South Korea quietly watches — and worries  Washington Post
  2. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vows to get details of nuke commitment on North Korea visit  USA TODAY
  3. North Korea Submarine Development Signals Increased Nuclear Threat  Wall Street Journal
  4. How Trump Went From ‘Fire and Fury’ to Dismissing North Korean Nuclear Advances  New York Times
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Pompeo says Pyongyang trip is "seeking to fill in some details" of agreement

  1. Pompeo says Pyongyang trip is “seeking to fill in some details” of agreement  CBS News
  2. Pompeo to land in North Korea seeking initial list of nuclear sites for declaration  Reuters
  3. Trump reportedly plans on gifting Kim Jong Un a CD featuring Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ song  Business Insider
  4. How Trump Went From ‘Fire and Fury’ to Dismissing North Korean Nuclear Advances  New York Times
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