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North Korea Has No Plans to Denuclearize — CIA

North Korea Has No Plans to Denuclearize — CIA

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and high-ranking North Korean official Kim Yong Chol enter a second day of meetings in NY on Thursday as they try to settle nuclear weapons disagreements and set the stage for an historic summit between their two leaders.

In a letter to Kim last week, Trump declared he was calling off the summit scheduled for 12 June in Singapore, after a spat broke out between Washington and Pyongyang over military exercises the USA conducted with South Korea, and expectations of the outcome of the unprecedented meeting between the two national leaders.

The visit comes ahead of a summit planned for June 12, which Trump canceled but now says may take place after all.

Their talks will be aimed at determining whether a meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-un, originally scheduled for June 12 but later cancelled by Trump, can be restored, US officials have said. Instead, the officials said, it brought both sides to the table with increasing seriousness, as they work through myriad logistical and policy decisions to keep June 12 a viable option for the summit.

On Tuesday, Trump tweeted that Kim's trip to the U.S. was a "solid response" to his letter.

Cho delivered the sobering assessment as USA and North Korean officials resumed working-level talks aimed at closing that gap.

"I will remind you that the secretary of state is from the heartland and likes American food, and he's hosting someone who's never been to our country", the senior state department official said.

North Korea defends its nuclear and missile programs as a deterrent against what it sees as USA ambitions to overthrow its leadership and unite the Korean Peninsula.

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Pompeo, Trump's former Central Intelligence Agency chief, has travelled to Pyongyang twice in recent weeks for meetings with Kim, and has said there is a "shared understanding" between the two sides about what they hope to achieve in talks. Kim Yong Chol arrived minutes later and was also accompanied by an aide.

"Kim Young Chol, the Vice Chairman of North Korea, heading now to NY", he tweeted.

Kim Jong-un's right hand man touched down on Wednesday in New York City where he was set to have dinner with the U.S. top diplomat, followed by further meetings on Thursday.

North Korea's position going into the meetings with Pompeo was that a pledge of denuclearization alone should open the way to economic relief, said the official who briefed reporters earlier on Wednesday and spoke on condition of anonymity. "Good working dinner with Kim Yong Chol in NY tonight", he later tweeted.

The White House said on Wednesday that negotiations at the demilitarized zone along the border between North and South Korea for the summit were going well.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, front left, first lady Kim Jung-sook, second lady Karen Pence and United States Vice President Mike Pence observe with Kim Yong Nam, the 90-year-old president of the Presidium of the North's Parliament, back left, and Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on February 9, 2018.

A Blue House official was sent to Singapore, Yonhap reported Wednesday, raising speculation that Moon was preparing to make his way there to pursue a trilateral meeting with Trump and Kim Jong Un.


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