Pompeo: North Korea needs US security assurances for nuke pact

Pompeo: North Korea needs US security assurances for nuke pact

Pompeo: North Korea needs US security assurances for nuke pact

On Sunday, the South's presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom welcomed the announcement as an expression of the North's intention to carry out its agreement, reached during last month's inter-Korean summit, "not through words but through action". Trump wrote in a tweet Saturday evening.

Pompeo told "Face the Nation" that his most recent trip to North Korea was created to lay the groundwork for President Trump's upcoming summit with Kim.

The isolated Asian nation, which had already pledged to begin dismantling the nuclear test site this month, will invite journalists from China, Russia, the U.S., the United Kingdom and South Korea to cover the event, KCNA said in the statement.

North Korea says it will hold a "ceremony" for the dismantling of its nuclear test site on May 23-25 in what would be a dramatic but symbolic event to set up leader Kim Jong Un's summit with President Donald Trump next month.

"The prospect is for North Korea to become a normal nation, to behave and interact with the rest of the world the way South Korea does", Bolton told host Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union".

After Saturday's announcement, President TrumpDonald John TrumpRomney denounces pastor slated to speak at USA embassy in Jerusalem Pentagon finds problems with Kushner-backed health program: report Apple CEO Tim Cook praises Parkland, "Me Too" activists in commencement speech MORE thanked North Korea for its "gracious gesture".

Kim expects large-scale economic assistance in return for denuclearization and is strongly dissatisfied with the US stance that it will not provide any form of economic assistance until North Korea achieves complete denuclearization. He was sentenced in April 2016 to 10 years in prison with hard labor for allegedly "perpetrating state subversive plots and espionage against" North Korea.

Gleason said the three Americans asked for privacy as they return to their lives in the U.S. But it remains unclear if Kim would ever fully relinquish the weapons he probably views as his only guarantee of survival. "It means getting rid of the uranium enrichment and plutonium processing capabilities".

From the outset, there was little reason to think that North Korea would agree to surrender its nuclear weapons and the infrastructure and labs required to build them. Bolton didn't specify whether he expects the nuclear weapons to eventually be stored at Oak Ridge National Laboratory - where the US Department of Energy operates a research lab and a nuclear weapons complex - or the nearby Y-12 National Security Complex, normally tasked with nuclear weapons production.

The United States and North Korea are said to have shared, to a certain extent, an interpretation of denuclearization during the Pompeo-Kim meeting.

Punggye-ri, in the northeast of the country, has hosted all six of the North's nuclear tests, the latest and by far the most powerful in September past year, which Pyongyang said was an H-bomb.

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