North, South Korea to hold high-level talks on May 16

15 May, 2018, 22:45 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Mike Pompeo

National Security Advisor John Bolton said on May 13 that the USA government's permanent, verifiable and irreversible dismantling (PVID) means every nuclear weapon should be dismantled and transferred to Oak Ridge and uranium enrichment and plutonium reprocessing capabilities should be removed. This is the second meeting after Kim made his second trip to China.

Talks between Kim and US President Donald Trump are expected to take place in Singapore on June 12.

As Pompeo spoke on several Sunday morning talk shows, the Pentagon said three American prisoners freed by North Korea had left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington and been reunited with their families. The meet is scheduled at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), the world's most heavily guarded border, separating the two countries. Those talks are part of a global diplomatic push to resolve the issue of Pyongyang's nuclear program.

The U.S. government's denuclearization roadmap regarding North Korea is taking concrete shape at a rapid pace.

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"Even though the US has said that it will provide economic assistance if North Korea achieves denuclearization, the promise by the USA can not be trusted", Kim reportedly said to Xi, according to Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun on May 13, citing unnamed diplomatic resources.

The meeting will discuss specific plans needed to carry out the April 27 inter-Korea summit declaration, which includes pledges to finally end a seven-decade war this year, and pursue "complete denuclearisation".

Any sort of cap on North Korea's nuclear programme will be welcomed by countries such as India, which have for long warily watched the nation's proliferation linkages with Pakistan.

"But we're hopeful that this will be different, that we don't do the traditional model, where they do something, and we give them a bunch of money, and then both sides walk away", he added.

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