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Pompeo heading to North Korea for nuclear talks

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Tue, 03 Jul 2018 22:26 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will leave for North Korea on Thursday, hoping to hammer out a denuclearization plan. Meanwhile, a series of recent reports from media and analysts are raising questions about just how committed Kim Jong Un is to abandoning his nuclear arsenal. Eve Johnson reports.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo leaves for North Korea this week, hoping to hammer out a roadmap to denuclearization.

It’s been three weeks since Kim Jong Un agreed to abandon his country’s nuclear weapons program. But there’s been no actual plan on when or how that might happen. In fact, recent reports raise questions about just how committed Pyongyang is.

NBC says U.S. intelligence believes North Korea is actually expanding fuel production for its weapons. And some analysts say it may be upgrading both a missile factory and a key nuclear complex. But White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders insisted that everything is still on track.

Pompeo will have his work cut out for him. The U.S. doesn’t even know how many nuclear warheads Pyongyang has. The Defense Intelligence Agency estimates it could be up to 50. Although other intelligence sources believe Pyongyang has hidden weapons in caves and underground facilities around the country.

A source told Reuters that if Pompeo makes progress on a deal, the White House would be open to another summit between Trump and Kim.

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