Trump aide Bolton says North Korea could disarm in a year

Trump aide Bolton says North Korea could disarm in a year

Trump aide Bolton says North Korea could disarm in a year

A US delegation led by USA ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim met with North Korean counterparts at Panmunjom on the border between North and South Korea on Sunday to discuss next steps on the implementation of the summit declaration, the State Department said.

Given a lack of specifics on denuclearization in the leaders' agreement, Pompeo and Kim are expected to discuss concrete and credible measures to rid Pyongyang of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

Despite Trump's rosy post-summit declaration that the North no longer poses a nuclear threat, Washington and Pyongyang have yet to negotiate the terms under which it would relinquish the weapons that it developed over decades to deter the US.

John Bolton, Trump's national security advisor, said on Sunday that the U.S. plans for North Korea to dismantle its chemical, biological, nuclear, and ballistic missile programs in a year's time.

A delegation consisting of basketball players, South Korean officials and local media left in two planes from the Seongnam airbase for Pyongyang around 10 a.m., Efe news reported.

It remains to be seen how far Kim would go in rolling back his nuclear program, which he may see as a stronger guarantee of his survival than whatever security assurances Washington could provide.

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

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Trump and Kim signed a four-point declaration after the summit, which included the denuclearization agreement, a commitment to establish new bilateral relations and joint efforts to build "a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula".

According to reports in South Korea, Sung Kim met with North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Huiat Panmunjom for an hour and a half Sunday. That is where all six of North Korea's nuclear tests had been carried out.

President Donald Trump told Fox News Sunday he trusted Kim Jong Un would dismantle his nuclear program ("I made a deal with him"), but admitted the deal they agreed to in Singapore last month could fall apart. The reports, citing an unidentified diplomatic source, said that Andrew Kim, head of the CIA's Korea Mission Center, delivered a letter from Pompeo to Kim Yong Chol, North Korea's main envoy in talks. This would put South Korea's security and its alliance with the United States "at a crossroads between life and death", said Kim Taewoo, a former president of the Korea Institute of National Unification.

"Also, this most recent report that the North Koreans are building a facility to build more parts for their solid-fuel missiles - that's also inconsistent with the notion that they are going to give up their weapons".

A June 21 satellite image of North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear reactor suggests that the country is still improving its nuclear facilities. "If they have the strategic decision already made to do that and they are cooperative, we can move very quickly".

Appearing on a different Sunday talk show on CBS News, his National Security Advisor John Bolton said that the United States has developed a programme to dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons. "It shows that they are fully committed to maintaining their ballistic missile program".

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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