US, North Korea: South Korea Pushes for Compromise Deal

Saul Bowman
October 7, 2018

Is North Korea's timeline denuclearise for real?

Kim, a North Korea regime insider who has met with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House, is a former military intelligence chief who could have been responsible for the attack on the Cheonan that killed almost 50 South Koreans on board.

KCNA said the Yongbyon nuclear facility, which the North expressed a willingness to take offline if the USA takes corresponding action, "is a core one for its nuclear programme".

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Pompeo will meet with Kim in Pyongyang on October 7.

"Of course, we have quite a ways to go but we look forward to the next steps in this conversation".

Nauert also said that "obviously these conversations are going in the right direction".

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Mr Pompeo has already met twice with Mr Kim, including once when he headed the Central Intelligence Agency.

At their unprecedented summit in June, US President Donald Trump and Mr Kim, who is Chairman of the State Affairs Commission, agreed in broad terms to "build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean peninsula".


Pompeo had planned to travel to North Korea in August but Trump cancelled the trip at the last moment and publicly acknowledged for the first time that his efforts to get Pyongyang to denuclearize had stalled.

Ri Yong-ho, North Korea's foreign minister, said at the United Nations last week that "there is no way we will unilaterally disarm ourselves first".

While speaking at a rally in Wheeling, West Virginia, over the weekend, Trump said that he and Kim "fell in love".

It isn't clear whether North Korea has made any substantial changes when it comes to denuclearization, but Trump and Pompeo have been telegraphing the possibility of a second summit for several weeks.

Ms Nauert played down the remarks, saying: "Other countries sometimes will say things that are more colourful than the United States will, and that is just fine, too".

Trump paints rapprochement with North Korea as a signature foreign policy achievement, although critics question whether Kim would really give up nuclear weapons which his dynasty has defiantly pursued for decades.

Earlier Tuesday, North Korea's official propaganda ministry accused the USA of "trying to subdue" it through sanctions, indicating that the Kim regime could see lifting such sanctions as a key bargaining chip in any talks over the future of North Korea's nuclear program. The invitation came on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in NY. She said he would meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Kono in Tokyo and President Moon Jae-in and Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha in Seoul, while in Beijing he would meet counterparts to discuss "bilateral, regional and global issues".

Kazianis said Sunday's meeting between Pompeo and Kim could be a "make or break event" for U.S.

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