It will be Pompeo's first visit to North Korea since the June 12 summit in Singapore between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, at which the North Korean leader agreed to "work toward denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula".
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Patrick Cronin, senior director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, said USA and South Korea officials had told him Pompeo would be seeking to agree to "a specific denuclearisation road map, or at least significant dismantlement steps that could fill in a roadmap". What do we know?
This effort could entail US and South Korean technical experts working with the North Koreans to provide a source of much-needed medical isotopes by having South Korea construct one of their modern HANARO research reactors - regarded as the best-designed in the world - or retrofitting the existing small Yongbyon IRT-2000 reactor.
Despite Trump's rosy post-summit declaration that the North no longer poses a nuclear threat, Washington and Pyongyang have yet to negotiate the terms under which it would relinquish the weapons that it developed over decades to deter the US.
KELLY: So this is nine days after the summit.
When he visited another textile plant in the region, Kim lashed out at workers for failing to fix their buildings, saying they are trying to operate "precious" facilities under conditions that are like a "stable". The President's been very clear.
The Washington Post on Saturday cited unnamed USA intelligence officials as concluding that North Korea does not intend to fully surrender its nuclear stockpile. He says that may well be true. Officials in Pyongyang are seeking to obfuscate the true number of their weapons facilities, and US intelligence officials believe that more than just one hidden site exists. But at some point they have to sit down and actually produce something. So he wouldn't expect them to stop just yet.
Trump has meanwhile turned his attention to meeting with another US nemesis: Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation. It also reported Pyongyang has secret production facilities, according to the latest evidence they have.
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The hearing will also be an opportunity for family of the victims, which ranged in age from 17 to 61, to address the men. Harris and Almena both lived in the warehouse with about 20 other people, including the latter's wife and children.
John Bolton, the national security adviser to the president, meanwhile said Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation" that the US was prepared to move "very quickly" to dismantle North Korea's nuclear program, if the regime plans wants to move ahead.
KELLY: A year - that would be optimistic.
The summit process has certainly eased tensions, but contrary to Trump's self-aggrandizing claim that there is "no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea", the reality is that the hard work of disarmament diplomacy has only just begun.
"We had good meetings yesterday and. the secretary of state will be there later this week to continue those discussions", Sanders told a White House briefing. "Secondly, they likely targeted (Trump), asking if he was deceived by North Korea because no progress has been reported in the three weeks after the summit". I think they want to do - we had a very good chemistry.
"Together, these two things would imply that North Korea meant to disclose some sites as part of the denuclearisation process, while retaining others", he said.
The Defense Intelligence Agency has a high end estimate of about 50 nuclear warheads.
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.
"I think that's an interesting statement", he said. We could get a sense of this very soon.
The United States and South Korea could also offer to help complete the construction of the North's small, experimental light water reactor for generating electricity in accord with global safety standards.