It will be the first visit by a senior USA official since President Donald Trump's historic meeting with Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore, where the North Korean leader committed to "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula. An American team, led by U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim - the former Special Representative for North Korea Policy - met with their North Korean counterparts on Sunday in Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone between the Koreas.
The Washington Post reported us intelligence officials believe North Korea does not intend to fully give up its nuclear stockpile.
It was the first face-to-face meeting between U.S. and North Korean officials since Mr Trump's June 12 summit with Kim in Singapore.
National Security Advisor John Bolton acknowledged to CBS on Sunday that deception while using diplomacy as a cover is "what they have done before, but Kim Jong-un was very emphatic several times in Singapore he was different from prior regimes".
North Korea is completing a major expansion of a key missile-manufacturing plant, said researchers who have examined new satellite imagery of the site the latest sign Pyongyang is pushing ahead with weapons programs even as the US pressures it to abandon them. Bolton added that it would be to the North's advantage to cooperate to see sanctions lifted quickly and aid from South Korea and Japan start to flow. "We had good meetings yesterday", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in response to a VOA question at Monday's briefing.
State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert declined to comment on intelligence reports, but told reporters Tuesday, "We're all keeping a close eye - the USA government - keeping a close eye on North Korea, and the secretary has been very clear and very blunt with the North Koreans about what he expects".
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My colleagues Ellen Nakashima and Joby Warrick reported that evidence gathered by US intelligence officials in the weeks since the June 12 summit led to the conclusion that North Korea "does not intend to fully surrender its nuclear stockpile, and instead is considering ways to hide the number of weapons it has and secret production facilities".
Sinuiju is between Dandong and the Apnok River and serves as a hub of China-North Korea trade. They also say the US has an unrealistic approach to North Korea's denuclearization.
Richard Johnson, senior director for fuel cycle and verification at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, also told Newsweek that it's "very unlikely" that North Korea could be denuclearized within a year.
Inspecting a cosmetics factory in Sinuiju, Kim said, "It is important to completely eliminate manual labor and modernize production processes". Progress with Pyongyang was also reaffirmed by President Trump.
Recently, both leaders came into an agreement over nuclear production.
Despite the lack of such verifiable activities in his deal, Trump has already fulfilled some of his promises to North Korea, including cancelling military exercises with South Korea.
Russian Federation has repeatedly warned the U.S. against taking military action against North Korea, advocating for a diplomatic approach instead.