North Korea remains the No. 1 immediate threat to American forces in the Indo-Pacific Command area of operations, said Adm. Philip Davidson, the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command chief who testified alongside Abrams on Tuesday.
Although he expressed optimism about the February 27-28 Hanoi summit in verbal testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Admiral Philip Davidson, head of the Indo-Pacific Command, expressed doubts about North Korean intentions in his written submission to the panel.
Last week, Trump said he would hold his second meeting with Kim in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi on Feburary 27 and 28.
The top US military commander in South Korea said Tuesday that North Korea has made few, if any, changes to its military posture and has provided no evidence it intends to end its nuclear program since agreeing to do so in the summer.
Gen. Abrams stressed that even if the United States eliminates the nuclear menace, USA troops will need to remain in the region to combat other conventional threats to American interests posed by North Korea. A top US commander says he's seen little to no change in North Korea's military readiness or a slowdown in its nuclear weapons program since President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un met for nuclear talks previous year. The company was said to be ready to sign a deal with the North as soon as sanctions are lifted, as the food shortage issue is one of North Korea's top priorities.
Flags of the USA and North Korea adorn a street in Hanoi, Vietnam on January 29.
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The legislation will now go to the Governor-General for royal assent to become law, but the timeframe for this remains unclear. Under the new laws, the home affairs minister will have 72 hours to make a decision on whether to agree to a medical transfer.
U.S. Secretary State Mike Pompeo told Congress in July that North Korea was continuing to produce fuel for nuclear bombs in spite of its pledge to denuclearize, even as he argued - as he has continued to do - that the Trump administration was making progress in talks with Pyongyang.
The State Department declined to comment.
FILE PHOTO - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides guidance with Ri Hong Sop (2nd L) and Hong Sung Mu (R) on a nuclear weapons program in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang September 3, 2017.
In talks with the United States, North Korea has been seeking a lifting of punishing USA -led sanctions, a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War, and security guarantees.
After the first summit, Trump tweeted that "there was no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea" and that "everybody can now feel much safer".
Hecker said it was understandable that North Korea should have continued its weapons work, given that it had reached no specific agreement in the latest talks with the United States to stop that work.
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