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US National Security Adviser John Bolton speaks during a press conference in Moscow US National Security Adviser John Bolton speaks during a press conference in Moscow
Sandra Phillips | 06 July, 2018, 22:51

He also reiterated that he got along with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, adding that the two discussed various issues including denuclearization as well as the return of the remains of USA troops killed during the Korean War.

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. Either Kim Jong-un deceived President Trump or Kim does not control the military in North Korea.

It was the first face-to-face meeting between United States and North Korean officials since Mr Trump's June 12 summit with Kim in Singapore.

The White House has characterized ongoing meetings as positive but not commented on recent news reports of USA intelligence assessments saying North Korea has been expanding its weapons capabilities.

It follows a report from the North Korea monitoring website 38 North showing infrastructure improvements on some of Pyongyang's nuclear facilities.

Some US officials believe that North Korea has about 65 nuclear warheads.

Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters one week after the Singapore summit that while he had not seen any indications that North Korea had dismantled its nuclear program, he "wouldn't expect that at this point" because "detailed negotiations" had not begun.

According to reports in South Korea, Sung Kim met with North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Choi Sun Hee at Panmunjom for an hour and a half Sunday.

North Korea will have to back up its words with verifiable actions, Bolton said.

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Mr Bolton, who has expressed hard-line views on North Korea, said if Pyongyang has made a decision to give up its nuclear weapons program and is cooperative, then "we can move very quickly" and they can win sanctions relief and aid from South Korea and Japan.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has visited the special economic zone of Sinuiju. on the North Korean border with China.

According to the state media, . the North Korean leader expressed dissatisfaction that the plants and workers are not living up to Sinuiju's (QUOTE UNQUOTE)"proud tradition" and urged them to increase productivity.

According to the State Department, senior USA diplomat Sung Kim, who held negotiations with North Korean officials before the Singapore summit, also travelled to a Korean border village on Sunday to restart talks with the North.

"It would be physically possible to dismantle the bulk of North Korea's programs within a year", said Thomas Countryman, the State Department's top arms control officer under President Barack Obama. We should give it a try and see where it goes.

Pompeo has twice traveled to Pyongyang in recent months, once as Central Intelligence Agency chief and another time as secretary of state, meeting with Kim both times.

Evidence collected since the pair's historic meeting points to secret production facilities and the development of methods to conceal weapons creation, implying Pyongyang is aiming to hide plans to continue its nuclear program from the United States, having made contrary, if ambiguous, commitments to Washington. "One, in the last eight months you haven't seen missile launches", she added, referring to North Korea's former habit of provocatively testing ballistic missiles.

The men and women national basketball teams of South Korea left on Tuesday for North Korea to play friendly matches amid the ongoing rapprochement on the peninsula.

Mr. Trump insisted the talks are moving "very quickly" and that he believed North Korea is serious about total denuclearization.

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