United States to Present North Korea with Timeline Outlining Specific Requests


Pompeo told CNN that instead he would "assess" the North Korean regime's promise to take steps toward "complete denuclearization" as the U.S. has suspended military drills on the peninsula.

"North Korean anti-Americanism may have popular roots (nourished by decades of agitprop), but what we see is what the state wants us to", he added.

Mike Pompeo, the USA secretary of state, said he wanted to see continued progress towards North Korean denuclearisation and that the administration would regularly assess Pyongyang's seriousness about abandoning its nuclear program.

North Korean leader Kim agreed to resume the recovery efforts in his summit with President Trump earlier this month in Singapore.

Pompeo told CNN that Trump's decision to suspend United States military exercises in the region will continue "only so long as there is a good-faith negotiation progress, productive results being achieved".

"We have a good chemistry together", Trump said.

The state department has since said it has no travel plans to announce.

"We'll know pretty soon if they're going to operate in good faith or not", the official told reporters travelling with James Mattis, the U.S. defence secretary, on a trip to Asia.

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Across the border at a war anniversary ceremony in Seoul, Prime Minister Lee acknowledged that the conflict began "due to North Korea's invasion". "We'll be able to present them with, my words, we'll know pretty soon if they are going to operate in god faith".

Pyongyang's relations with Washington also appear to be on track since the Singapore summit, although a senior USA defence official stressed over the weekend that the U.S. would soon present North Korea with a timeline of "specific asks" on denuclearisation.

"DoD remains committed to supporting the ongoing diplomatic process with the DPRK, of which there is no specific timeline", White wrote.

The meeting concluded with the signing of a joint document between the two leaders, outlining their commitment to the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

CNN said Pompeo suggested it was too soon to expect a detailed roadmap after 40 years of tensions but insisted that Kim had been "unequivocal" about his willingness to denuclearize.

The North Korean regime continues its campaign to present leader Kim Jong-un as an approachable modern statesman, with an attractive wife on his arm and other photogenic trappings.

The clampdown was disruptive for many residents in the usually placid city-state of 5.6 million - although some observers said hosting the summit amounted to a PR coup that would ultimately benefit Singapore. "I heard it myself when I visited there as Central Intelligence Agency director, I heard it myself when I visited Pyongyang as Secretary of State and I heard it again where there was a group together with the President and Chairman Kim".