N. Korea understands U.S. on 'complete denuclearization' -Pompeo

Saul Bowman
July 1, 2018

The former chief of the U.S. Pacific Command won unanimous approval from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee ahead of a full Senate vote expected for early July.

According to the South Korean Unification Ministry, the mission is headed by Kim Byung-dae, official in charge of humanitarian cooperation and will check the situation of hotels, meeting rooms and power generation facilities, highlights the Yonhap news agency.

The report goes on to say North Korea could also then utilize its natural resources and well-educated labor force, noting compulsory secondary education.

Senator Patrick Leahy barraged U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with questions on a number of topics at a hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

"They're watching this hearing", Pompeo added, apparently referring to North Korean officials.

In the Panmunjom Declaration, signed by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae In at the summit on April 27, the two Koreas agreed to consider connecting their railways and roads, and discuss ways to utilize them. "I don't think there's any doubt about that".

In their summit, Kim and Moon called for "practical steps" toward the "connection and modernization" of railways and roads between South Korea's capital, Seoul, and North Korea's Sinuiju, a port town on its border with China, and also along the peninsula's "eastern transportation corridor". "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. For the moment, we have reduced risk", Pompeo told the subcommittee.

"I'm not prepared to talk about the details of the discussions that are taking place", he said.

The line was cut again in November 2008 due to political tensions over North Korea's nuclear program and the hard-line policies of a new conservative government in Seoul.

Cho's comment came a day after the two Koreas agreed to conduct a joint study on modernizing North Korean railroads at an early date. "There is little indication that North Korea has halted research, development, or production of nuclear systems even as talks continue", he added. "Today, following the summit, we are in a dramatically different place".

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