Incremental North Korean denuclearisation will be unacceptable - South Korea official

South and North Korea to Hold Meeting for Peace on May 16

South and North Korea to Hold Meeting for Peace on May 16

Trump has insisted he won't repeat the mistakes of the past, when agreements for North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons broke down due to disputes over inspections and the delivery of economic aid.

Bolton said the United States is pursuing a standard of "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization" heading into negotiations.

"I've been on the job about five weeks", Bolton said.

On Sunday, Bolton told CNN that Trump wants North Korea to get rid of "all aspects of their nuclear program", including ballistic missiles, as well as its chemical and biological weapons.

"I think American credibility with North Korea started at zero".

South and North Korea reportedly plan to conduct high-level talks this week as the estranged nations work towards a peace deal, the South Korean Unification Ministry said.

The meeting announced Tuesday comes ahead of the June 12 summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump.


WASHINGTON-A former senior US diplomat from the Obama administration said that President Trump's recent decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal would not adversely affect USA negotiations with North Korea, contrary to the opinion of many of Trump's critics. North Korea has a very extensive programme. They also agreed to stop all hostile acts over "land, sea and air" that can cause military tensions and clashes, establish a liaison office in the North Korean border town of Kaesong, and to resume temporary reunions between war-separated families.

Pompeo told "Fox News Sunday" that any deal paving the way for a nuclear-free Korean peninsula will have to include certain USA safeguards reassuring Kim he won't become a target of yet another regime change attempt.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on "Fox News Sunday", "Our eyes are wide open with respect to the risks, but it is our fervent hope that Chairman Kim wants to make a strategic change".

But an analysis by 38 North, a North Korea-focused US website, said commercial imagery taken last week shows that several operational support buildings have been razed and rails for mining carts have apparently been removed.

South Korea, which brokered the planned talks between Trump and Kim, says Kim has genuine interested in dealing away his nuclear weapons in return for economic benefits. "If it ends up harming allies - especially Japan - but it saves the United States homeland, it is going to be a win for Trump".

"The Americans have a real problem here because they have raised expectations about the summit, and they continue to do so", he said.

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