U.S. to lift sanctions if North Korea dismantles nuclear weapons program: Pompeo

Charlene Craig
May 15, 2018

Kim arrived in South Korea in 2011 but has been asking the government here to send her back to the North, claiming that she was duped by a broker.

But Beijing is keen to avoid being sidelined in the wake of Kim's historic summit last month with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and ahead of his upcoming meeting with Trump in Singapore on June 12.

National Security Advisor John Bolton said at an interview on May 13 (local time) that the USA government's permanent, verifiable and irreversible dismantling (PVID) means every nuclear weapon should be dismantled and transferred to Oak Ridge and uranium enrichment and plutonium reprocessing capabilities should be removed.

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North Korea has proposed holding high-level inter-Korea talks on 16 May, South Korea's Unification Ministry on Tuesday.

North Korea's Korean Central News Agency said ongoing drills between the South Korean and US air forces are an "intentional military provocation" to undermine recent diplomatic talks, according to Yonhap News Agency in South Korea.

-South Korean military exercises that went against the trend of warming North-South ties. The North did not reveal the number of spots it will give to non-Korean journalists, according to the ministry. The reporters will then be transported by a chartered train to the nuclear test site in Punggye-ri.

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On Tuesday , there's a 20 percent chance of showers before 1 p.m., with a high near 78 and a low of about 57. On average, temperatures reach 68 degrees May 12 and 13 and 69 degrees May 14, weather service data show.

The head of the CIA's Korea Mission Center has kept a low profile but should be credited for the recent meetings between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Kim Jong Un, according to South Korean press reports. The discussions may also include setting up working-level talks between the countries' sports officials over plans to field combined teams in certain sports at the Asian Games in August.

But there are lingering doubts on whether Kim will ever agree to fully relinquish his nukes.

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