The North Koreans "Don't Have any Intention of Denuclearizing." — Kazianis on CNBC

The North Koreans

USA officials led by Ambassador Sung Kim, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's point man for negotiations with Pyongyang, met with their North Korean counterparts Sunday at the demilitarized zone that divides North and South Korea, the first such meeting since the Singapore summit.

Soon after, he began mocking Kim Jong Un as "Rocket Man", both on Twitter and even in a speech before the United Nations.

NBC News and the Washington Post reported that North Korean attempts to hide nuclear work.

Trump's questionable claim afterward that the North was no longer a nuclear threat was soon displaced by doubts about how to achieve denuclearization, a goal that has eluded USA administrations for the past quarter-century since Pyongyang began producing fissile material for bombs. Axios described the potential meeting as a "carrot to encourage real movement by North Korea" on denuclearization.

Last week, satellite imagery showed North Korea had also been upgrading its Yongbyon nuclear complex. "We're not going to provide a timeline for that", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said at a regular press briefing. "And it is to North Korea's advantage to dismantle very quickly".

This comes on top of a Washington Post report that us intelligence believes the North Koreans are planning to hide the number of warheads in their arsenal.

On Monday, the White House announced that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will return to North Korea this week to continue nuclear talks. That earlier plan, not surprisingly, did not go over very well in Pyongyang, since the US ultimately supported a regime-changing rebellion in Libya after it disarmed.

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They said defence and trade relations between the United States and India were on track, rejecting speculation that postponement of the dialogue was reflective of a slide in bilateral ties.

At their April 27 summit at the border village of Panmunjeom, Kim and his South Korean counterpart, President Moon Jae In, agreed to encourage the atmosphere of amity and cooperation between the two Koreas by staging various joint events. I would say it seems now all but certain.

Fox News' Shep Smith on Tuesday skewered Donald Trump for insisting that he is the reason the U.S. has avoided North Korea as the country expands its nuclear capabilities.

The one-year plan is predicated on the North Koreans "rolling over and playing dead", said Joel Wit, a former State Department official who helped negotiate a 1994 agreement that temporarily froze Pyongyang's nuclear program.

Images analysed by the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California show North Korea was finishing construction on the exterior of the plant around the time Kim Jong Un held a summit with Trump last month, the report said.

"Many good conversations with North Korea-it is going well!" he tweeted.

"[If President Barack Obama] had gotten along with North Korea and made the initial steps toward a deal that I have, the Fake News would have named him a national hero!" the president wrote on June 18.

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