Korea eyes 2nd summit with U.S. in Switzerland

by Abel Hampton July 8, 2018, 1:47
Korea eyes 2nd summit with U.S. in Switzerland

As Korea's Chosun Ilbo reports, Trump brought up his "Rocket Man" nickname in Singapore, asking Kim Jong Un if he'd ever heard the John song of the same name.

Pompeo would try to agree on at least an initial list of nuclear sites and an inventory that could be checked against the available intelligence, USA intelligence officials told Reuters. Trump and Kim's historic summit produced a handshake and a signed agreement between the two countries but offered little specifics for how the North would go along with the "complete denuclearization" goal the us has set.

Kim Jong Un and Trump are expected to meet again, Kyodo News reported Friday.

During the summit last month, the two leaders agreed to work together to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, with Trump vowing to end the U.S.

Sources close to the Trump administration have said on background that Mr. Pompeo's immediate goal is to try and nail down a date for the coming weeks or months by which the North Korean leader must publicly declare of his nation's nuclear production facilities, weapons and nuclear-capable missiles.

The Journal report comes as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Pyongyang on Friday, where he is likely to push North Korea for more solid commitments regarding denuclearization.

United States military intelligence noticed similar activity at the port late previous year, detecting what appeared to be construction on a new diesel-electric submarine at the Sinpo shipyard, The Diplomat reported in October, citing a United States government source.

According to reports in South Korean media, Mr Pompeo was carrying an Elton John CD, more specifically a copy of John's "Rocket Man". "We'll see. All I can tell you is this, you haven't had one missile launch and you haven't had one rocket launch".

He will be meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un among other officials at the government guest house, where he will stay overnight for the first time. "The more you come, more trust we can build between one another".

Ahead of the summit, Pompeo said Trump would reject anything short of "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization".

Some officials in the State and Defense Departments and in USA intelligence agencies are anxious that Trump has put himself at a disadvantage by overstating the results of the Singapore summit.

But following talks on Sunday between US envoy Sung Kimand North Korean counterparts, this "CVID" language appears to have disappeared from the State Department lexicon. In recent days, the State Department has shifted to using the phrase "final, fully verified denuclearization", including in a Pompeo tweet Thursday.

Pompeo's talks, which resume on Saturday, will be closely watched in the region.


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