Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Pompeo sets goal for complete denuclearization in North Korea by 2021

Pompeo sets goal for complete denuclearization in North Korea by 2021

"I have a dream that I have not been able to fulfil for a long time, which is trekking Mount Paektu and the Kaema Plateau", Moon said during a banquet after his first summit with Kim in April, which took place at the demilitarised zone separating the two neighbours.

China, North Korea's closest ally, said it warmly welcomed the agreement reached in Pyongyang and strongly supported it.

But discussions over how to implement the vague commitments have since faltered and North Korea has consistently refused to give up its nuclear arsenal unilaterally.

Moon traveled to Pyongyang Tuesday with the goal of breaking an impasse between North Korea and the US over the pace of Pyongyang's intentions in ending its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Negotiations had stalled since the historic Singapore summit between Trump and Kim in June, when Kim declared his backing for denuclearisation of the peninsula but no details were agreed.

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The question is whether it would be enough for US President Donald Trump to pick up where Moon has left off.

"Kim Jong Un has agreed to allow nuclear inspections, subject to final negotiations, and to permanently dismantle a test site and launch pad in the presence of global experts". "In the meantime there will be no Rocket or Nuclear testing".

"It was inevitable we were going to war in North Korea, and now, . the relationships, I have to tell you, at least on a personal basis, they're very good". Republican Senator Lindsey Graham from SC took to Twitter to voice his concerns.

Pyongyang also said it could dismantle its best-known nuclear facility at Yongbyon, if the USA takes "corresponding measures", as Kim and the South Korean president held their third summit this year.

However, while containing several tantalizing offers, it appears to fall short of the major steps many in Washington had been looking for - such as a commitment by Pyongyang to provide a list of the North's nuclear facilities, a solid step-by-step time line or an agreement to allow global inspectors in to assess progress or discover contraventions.

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Vipin Narang, an associate professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, tweeted that the Moon-Kim summit had made the Korean Peninsula safer.

By the end of the day, both leaders had signed a joint agreement supporting the destruction of Kim's nuclear missile facilities, further actions towards officially ending the Korean War once and for all, as well as a plan to pursue a joint bid to host the 2032 Olympic Games. But some Americans are getting nervous that South Korea is stepping out and forming a foreign policy that leaves the United States out of any deal.

A stone marker commemorating South Korean President Moon Jae-in's visit to Pyongyang has the wrong dates carved on it. "I think President Moon is taking a serious risk". "Washington will have to help move the needle here and it's unclear if the Trump administration can do that".

Within the White House but not publicly, Trump proposed sending a tweet declaring that he was ordering all U.S. military dependents - thousands of family members of 28,500 troops - out of South Korea. Graham reportedly encouraged the president to assassinate Kim at one point.

The two couples take a cable auto to Mount Paektu in North Korea.

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