On North Korea, don’t get distracted by shiny objects

In a press briefing on Tuesday, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said that "in terms of a timeline, I know some individuals have given timelines".

The president was referring to the talks that Sung Kim, the U.S. ambassador to the Philippines, and his delegation had with North Korean officials over the weekend in Panmunjom, a village on the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas.

Bolton said the U.S.is "going to try and proceed to implement what the two leaders agreed to in Singapore", specifically "how to dismantle all of their WMD and ballistic missile programs in a year".

The United States has a plan that would lead to the dismantling of North's weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs in a year, USA national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday.

Some US media are reporting that Pyongyang is continuing its nuclear and missile developments after the Singapore summit. Kim may want to give up his weapons but the generals may not.

Players from North and South Korea were mixed into two teams that competed against each other at the North Korean capital's Ryugyong Jong Ju Yong Gymnasium.

Mr. Kim made the promise to Mr. Trump in Singapore but the pledge wasn't memorialized in the four-point declaration signed by the two leaders.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 2, 2018.

US President Donald Trump is reportedly seeking to hold a second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in September, this time in NY.

The White House has expressed its positivity over USA and North Korea's future proceedings, but has not commented on recent U.S. intelligence leaks, which have discovered that Kim Jong-un had been actively expanding his nuclear arsenal.

Given North Korea's long history of deception, such reports are likely to raise more questions about exactly what was achieved at Singapore.

Van Jackson, a former Pentagon official who now teaches at Victoria University in New Zealand, said that the presence of a respected diplomat like Sung Kim could level the playing field during negotiations with North Korea, adding that Pompeo was using the "best folks he can find in the bureaucracy". "If they have the strategic decision already made to do that and they are cooperative, we can move very quickly".

They also agreed to the recovery of remains of thousands of USA servicemembers still missing from the 1950-53 Korean War and "the immediate repatriation of those already identified".

"The Chemical Materials Institute seems like they have one function, and that's pumping out parts for their missile program", Schmerler said.

Last week, 38 North, a North Korea monitoring project affiliated with Washington's Stimson Center think tank, said satellite imagery showed the North had been upgrading its Yongbyon nuclear complex.

In testimony before a US Senate committee, Mr Pompeo declined to go into specifics but suggested the scope of what the US has in mind.

  • Joey Payne