Mike Pompeo says won’t put timeline on North Korea denuclearization steps

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But he insisted that he found Kim "unequivocal" in his statements that he is prepared to denuclearize, a first for the North Korean regime.

It is unclear if North Korea will also attempt to narrowly interpret the denuclearization agreement Kim made with U.S. President Donald Trump at the Singapore Summit this month.

"The reunion of separated families is an urgent problem that is racing against the clock due to the increasing number of deaths each day", said Ahn Chan-il, a North Korean defector and analyst with the World Institute of North Korean studies.

Mattis will also push for more regional security cooperation from China by pointing out that the suspension of USA military exercises with South Korea satisfies a major Chinese strategic objective, which is the real reason China has insisted so strongly on its "freeze-for-freeze" plan that made suspension of American exercises a precondition for nuclear talks with North Korea.

Speaking to CNN in a telephone interview conducted on Sunday and reported by the network on Monday, Pompeo said he wanted to see continued progress toward North Korean denuclearization and that the administration would regularly assess Pyongyang's seriousness about abandoning its nuclear program.

As well as the security operation, the Singapore government footed the bill for the delegation from the sanctions-hit North, including Kim's stay at the luxury St Regis hotel, according to the BBC.

Officials agreed to permit a reunion of 100 separated family members to meet on August 20 to 26 at the Mount Kumgang area in North Korea.

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In stark contrast, all six pages of the newspaper a year ago were filled with colourful criticisms of the "US imperialists", blaming Americans for "a holocaust in which they massacred countless Koreans in the most brutal and barbarous way".

But critics have said the encounter between the two mercurial leaders was more style than substance, producing a document short on details about the key issue of the North's atomic weapons. The Korean Herald said the North should "show a more active and forward looking attitude".

A US-led 16-country United Nations force supported the South in the conflict while China backed the North. Nearly all of them are over 70 years old. It involved 200 families from each side.

The senior defense official added that, "There will be specific asks and there will be a specific timeline when we do present the North Koreans with our concept of what implementation of the summit agreement looks like".

Meanwhile, North and South Korea are contemplating moving long-range artillery away from the inter-Korean border.

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