Pompeo and Bolton outline North Korea plans as talks approach

  • Pompeo and Bolton outline North Korea plans as talks approach

Pompeo and Bolton outline North Korea plans as talks approach

They were the last group of US scientists to make such a visit, and since then, North Korea's HEU facilities and stockpile have been opaque. Probably, it would be more realistic to work towards a capping of the North Korean nuclear and missile programmes that could be comprehensively monitored and verified.

National Security Advisor John Bolton said on May 13 that the US government's permanent, verifiable and irreversible dismantling (PVID) means every nuclear weapon should be dismantled and transferred to Oak Ridge and uranium enrichment and plutonium reprocessing capabilities should be removed.

"I think the president is very optimistic because he sees the chance of a breakthrough, but I don't think he had stars in his eyes over this", he said. Those talks are part of a global diplomatic push to resolve the issue of Pyongyang's nuclear program.

Pompeo also offered more details on what a path to prosperity for North Korea would look like with direct investment by the USA if Kim agrees to Washington's demands.

Trump previous year pressured the United Nations Security Council to cut off most of North Korea's exports and curb fuel imports to stop Kim from pursuing the capability to strike the U.S. with a nuclear weapon.

With less than a month left before the hugely-anticipated talks between Trump and the North Korean leader in Singapore, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo implied on Sunday that Washington will have to assure North Korea it won't seek to undermine Kim Jong-un.

But Beijing is keen to avoid being sidelined in the wake of Kim's historic summit last month with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and ahead of his Trump summit. North Korea has a very extensive programme.

It is entirely in North Korea's hand when they want the benefits to flow or the sanctions to be lifted, he said.

Xi advised Kim to "give top priority" to reaching "a comprehensive agreement on denuclearization" with the US, according to the daily.

"They came back because Chairman Kim thought it was in his best interest to do so and we're thankful for that", Pompeo added. He also wants to reconfirm Japan-U.S. cooperation over the abductions of Japanese nationals and North Korea's nuclear and missile development, before making swift decisions on Japan's policy regarding these issues. "If it ends up harming allies - especially Japan - but it saves the U.S. homeland, it is going to be a win for Trump".

He also described what it was like to meet Kim on "Face the Nation", saying the leader doesn't need notecards to tackle complex discussions. In 2000, toward the end of the Bill Clinton administration, the North invited then-U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to Pyongyang, but negotiations fell apart after the change in U.S. administration. "They don't make it more prosperous", Bolton said.