United States holds talks on next steps with North Korea


State-run media said Kim was accompanied on both days by Kim Song Nam, Vice Director of the International Department of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party.

But new satellite imagery shows an expansion of a missile-manufacturing site capable of producing missiles that could hit US military installations in Asia.

Other commercial satellite images reported last week by the monitoring website 38 North show that Pyongyang is rapidly upgrading its main nuclear complex at Yongbyon.

Citing "administration officials", the report indicates that the administration is eyeing NYC during the time when the U.N. General Assembly will be underway.

While Pyongyang has stopped missile and nuclear weapons tests, "there's no evidence that they are decreasing stockpiles or that they have stopped their production", an official told NBC News in the US. And as for a timeframe, while National Security Adviser John Bolton says it will happen within a year, Pompeo says that timeline is closer to two-and-a-half years, reports CBS News correspondent Paula Reid.

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However, as NPR's Elise Hu reported at the time, "longtime watchers of North Korea's nuclear program say the closing of the site will have little impact on the nation's capabilities". Collins stressed the need for "verifiable, unimpeded, reliable inspections" of the North's weapons programs.

The Middlebury Institute report comes on the heels of a conclusion by USA intelligence officials that North Korea is planning to hide its nuclear stockpile and production facilities, reported by the Washington Post.

The joint summit statement, however, gave no details on how or when Pyongyang might give up nuclear and missile programs that now threaten the United States. "We've seen how the North Koreans have behaved before", Bolton said. Even so, the president quickly hailed the meeting as a major breakthrough, going so far as to tweet that North Korea "is no longer a Nuclear Threat".

Kim made the request during his third meeting with Xi in Beijing last month, and the Chinese president promised to do his "utmost" to satisfy it, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper said.

USA intelligence is not certain how many nuclear warheads North Korea has. I shook hands with him. "I really believe he means it", Trump told Fox News.

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As Kim marches closer to his dynasty's long-standing dream of having an arsenal of nuclear weapons that can reliably hit USA cities within an hour, Trump looks like a gullible fool.

Bolton also conceded that the speed of denuclearization depends on North Korea's cooperation - which is a wild card.

Pompeo is expected to present a demand for a full inventory of nuclear and missile programs and a schedule for them to be dismantled.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to North Korea Thursday to continue negotiations on dismantling the regime's nuclear weapons program, the White House said. Kim, who pledged in wishy-washy language to "denuclearize", is now accelerating his nuclear program.

Still, there are gestures both sides could make to build trust along the lines of the U.S. president's unilateral decision to suspend joint military exercises with South Korea planned for August.

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Trump's questionable claim afterward that the North was no longer a nuclear threat was soon displaced by doubts about how to achieve denuclearization, a goal that has eluded US administrations for the past quarter-century since Pyongyang began producing fissile material for bombs.