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Trump says he's confident Kim will denuclearize

10 July 2018

Kono and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha received an update on what progress has been made since the June 12 summit in Singapore in which North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promised U.S. President Donald Trump to work toward denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. When we spoke to them about the scope of denuclearization, they did not push back.

"The road ahead will be hard and challenging, and we know critics will try to minimize the work that we have achieved", he said.

Daily NK reported the lectures are not having the desired effect, and its source said the North Koreans attending the lecture appeared disinterested or bored. He added, "While we are encouraged by the progress of these talks, progress alone does not justify the relaxation of the existing sanctions regime".

Speaking in Tokyo after meeting with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts, Pompeo said Sunday that denuclearization will be hard and that much work remains.

While his talks with North Korean officials were conducted in good faith and they reaffirmed their commitment to abandoning nuclear weapons, he said, the United States sanctions against the nation will remain in place.

While insisting again that the talks were moving forwards, he stressed that nothing had happened to merit a relaxation of the tough sanctions imposed on the North over its nuclear missile programme.

According to the source, the lecturer said South Korean society is polarized between rich and poor and South Koreans are "dominated by money".

On Sunday, Iowa GOP Senator Joni Ernst said the USA should restart its military exercises with South Korea if talks don't continue.

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Still, Pompeo also said Sunday he wanted to maintain a "maximum pressure" campaign against North Korea - a term Trump has said he was avoiding in order to foster diplomacy. If I paid attention to what the press said, I'd go nuts, and I refuse to do that. -North Korea talks, as both sides were coming to the table with fundamentally different views of what they were bargaining with.

But as he arrived in Tokyo to brief his Japanese and South Korean counterparts, his North Korean hosts issued an angry statement rejecting his efforts and appealing to US President Donald Trump to revive the peace process. Trump, by contrast, was caught saluting a North Korean general.

"The road ahead will be hard and challenging and we know critics will try to minimize the work that we have achieved", he said.

As they began their talks on Saturday, Kim Yong Chol alluded to the fact that Pompeo and his delegation had stayed overnight in Pyongyang. "We expect this to be followed up by further constructive and productive negotiations".

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday held out a brighter future for North Korea, urging leader Kim Jong-un to follow the path to prosperity taken by Vietnam. You asked Pompeo: "'Did he sleep well?' If you knew what I knew about what we could do to the leadership of North Korea, you wouldn't sleep very well", Graham said.

"The U.S. should make a serious consideration of whether the toleration of the headwind against the wills of the two top leaders would meet the aspirations and expectations of the world people as well as the interests of its country", the statement concluded.

KCNA said Pyongyang had offered to discuss declaring a formal end to the war to mark next month's anniversary of the armistice.

Trump says he's confident Kim will denuclearize