State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters that "nothing could be further from the truth" as she traveled to the North Korean capital, where Pompeo hopes to iron out the details of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's June 12 commitment to "work toward denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula, Reuters reports.
Pompeo would try to agree on at least an initial list of nuclear sites and an inventory that could be checked against the available intelligence, US intelligence officials told Reuters.
Former CIA Chief of Station Daniel Hoffman said Friday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo faces an "extraordinary challenge" in getting North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to commit to a timeline for denuclearization.
Pompeo to travel to N Korea for talks with Kim Jong
Washington and Pyongyang have yet to negotiate a plan for how North Korea will denuclearize . We've seen how the North Koreans have behaved before. "Denuclearization is no simple task".
Hoffman ended by saying negotiations with the Soviet Union under President Reagan took years to play out and the situation with North Korea is still in its early days.
The sources said North Korean diplomats have been sent to Bern, Davos and Geneva to obtain firsthand information about global conference halls and hotels that could be used for a bilateral summit and talks involving China and South Korea.
Pyongyang on Friday also pushed back against recent USA criticism of the country's human rights record, in a commentary by the state-run Uriminzokkiri outlet referring to it as "provocative" and a potential "obstacle" to further negotiations.
The United States is seeking North Korea denuclearization, but the State Department says it is now on the quest for "final, fully verified denuclearization" and not the complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization of North Korea.
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It says pressure will remain until North Korea denuclearizes, but in statements this week, it redefined the US goal as "the final, fully verified denuclearization" of the country.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began his third trip to Pyongyang on Friday, where he is expected to hold talks on nuclear issues with DPRK leader Kim Jong Un and other senior officials.
Kim had asked Trump about the "Rocket Man" reference when the two met in Singapore for the recent summit, according to the newspaper. "It's going to all happen", Trump told a political rally in Montana Thursday night, although it's unclear if that's what North Korea believes it agreed to.
While missile and nuclear tests have halted, one official said, "there's no evidence that they are decreasing stockpiles, or that they have stopped their production".
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Police are focusing on how that came about and are unable to say whether it was the same batch that the Skripals were exposed to. British Home Secretary Sajid Javid will chair an emergency meeting Thursday to discuss the incident.