Pompeo: North Korea Ready to Allow International Inspectors at Nuclear Sites

Arturo Kim
October 8, 2018

"There's a lot of logistics that will be required to execute that", Mr Pompeo told a news briefing in Seoul before leaving for Beijing.

"We demand that the USA side stop this kind of mistaken action", he said.

During the historic Singapore summit with U.S. president Donald Trump, it was hard to spot Kim behind the wall of the men in black. "Progress made on Singapore Summit Agreements!"

Since Trump and Kim met in Singapore in June, US-North Korea relations have stalled.

The KCNA said that Kim explained in detail the "proposals" meant to resolve the denuclearization issue and other matters, adding that the leader and Pompeo also exchanged "constructive" views on relevant matters.

US officials have thus far said the penalties will remain in place until the North's denuclearization is fully verified.

The visit was Pompeo's fourth to North Korea. She also said she believed the two countries "wouldn't be here without Trump".

Pompeo said that the two countries "will be having more frequent and higher-level working group discussions", but "ultimately, some of these big, hard issues have to be resolved by the nations' most senior leaders".

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement that "Chairman Kim invited inspectors to visit the Punggye Ri nuclear test site to confirm that it has been irreversibly dismantled". He and Biegun both said they expected meetings at the working level to begin soon and become quite frequent before the next summit.

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Analysts say Washington may now consider new options as China, Russia and South Korea seek to relax sanctions.

North Korea is ready to allow global inspectors into its nuclear and missile sites.

The United States and Japan have pushed for the North to turn over a list of its nuclear sites to be dismantled as a next step in the process.

Pompeo, however, played down the differences.

"I've never been involved in an global discussion where there weren't differences of view, not only between governments but inside of governments", he said.

The two countries have, however, been in a standoff over what the term denuclearisation means. And so there'll be tactical places where we'll have debates and disagreements, that is a necessary component of getting to the best deliverable. It has not taken any steps to halt nuclear weapons or missile development.

In Tokyo, Pompeo told Abe that the US wanted to work closely on nuclear talks and that he would raise with the North Koreans the issue of Japanese abductees held for decades by the regime. USA officials have thus far said the penalties will remain in place until the North's denuclearization is fully verified.

"Kim Jong Un appreciated the positively developing situation on the Korean peninsula". Kim's regime has said it wants to focus on more than just its nuclear program, and that it expects the U.S.to show some flexibility with its demands.

Moon also said there was a possibility of Kim holding a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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