'possible' North Korea nuclear deal may not 'work out'

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping making a toast in Beijing

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Pyongyang later this week to "continue consultations and implement the forward progress made by President Trump and Chairman Kim" at their June 12 meeting in Singapore.

To date, Kim has halted nuclear and missile tests and has destroyed tunnels at the North's nuclear test site, but the authoritarian nation has yet to take concrete steps toward abandoning its weapons programs.

He said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will likely discuss that proposal with the North Koreans soon.

Like many North Korea observers, he has been skeptical of Pyongyang's sincerity about denuclearization and has pointed out that the administration faces considerable challenges and questions on the issue following the Trump-Kim summit.

NBC News and the Washington Post reported that North Korean attempts to hide nuclear work.

"Negotiations with North Korea are going well!"

Based on recent satellite imagery from Planet Labs, the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in the USA discovered that the North was completing a major expansion of a missile plant in Hamhung, South Hamgyong Province in the run-up to the U.S.

"Ambassador Kim had a meeting just yesterday with members of the North Korean delegation".

Appearing on CBS's Face the Nation, Bolton said he did not want to comment on the reports or on "anything related to intelligence" - NBC having quoted more than a dozen senior United States intelligence officials and the Post four.

Bolton on Sunday declined to comment on intelligence matters.

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Court of Appeals; Thomas Hardiman, who serves on the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; Raymond Kethledge of the 6th U.S.

Earlier, the State Department confirmed that a USA delegation led by Sung Kim, the U.S. ambassador to the Philippines, met with North Korean counterparts at Panmunjom on the border between North and South Korea on Sunday "to discuss next steps on the implementation" of the summit declaration.

National Security Adviser John Bolton said the United States could dismantle the regime's stockpile in a year if Kim would cooperate.

According to Axios, which first reported the news, USA officials would only move forward with the meeting if Pyongyang provides evidence they are moving forward with denuclearization.

USA officials also said they were not convinced that North Korea was stopping missile production and testing.

Speaking to Fox, Trump also sought to shrink the perceived cost of the declared agreement falling through, seeking to frame his negotiations with North Korea as having been achieved without concessions.

This source said that they are unaware of any new projects the North Koreans may be working on, but reiterated that "they have given nothing up". "If not for me, we would now be at War with North Korea!" "The weapons must be disassembled by the people who assembled them", Hecker's group said.

Kim's past declarations have been suspect, so that's when "we'll know if this is a different North Korea than we've seen in the past", he is quoted by Axios.

The Stanford team has proposed a 10-year roadmap, based on its belief that "North Korea will not give up its weapons and its weapons program until its security can be assured".

The moves illustrate how far Kim remains from surrendering his nuclear weapons despite committing to "work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" during his meeting with Trump.

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