U.S. Prepares Timeline of ‘Specific Asks’ for North Korea

26 June, 2018, 16:12 | Author: Jason Torres
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Singapore said on Sunday it spent Singaporean $16.3 million ($12 million) on the historic US-North Korea summit, adding it was less than initially anticipated after some in the city-state complained about the high cost.

North Korea and the USA fought in the 1950-53 Korean War and the remains of thousands of American soldiers are still believed to be buried on the northern side of the peninsula.

Singapore, an affluent financial hub, was seen as a good choice for the summit due to its warm ties with both the U.S. and North Korea, and reputation for strict order.

North Korean leader Kim agreed to resume the recovery efforts in his summit with President Trump earlier this month in Singapore.

In this photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, North Korean army Col. Om Chang Nam, right, shakes hands with his South Korean counterpart Col. Cho Yong-geun during a meeting at the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine office in Paju, South Korea, Monday, June 25, 2018.

Children are indoctrinated to beware of Americans, and while the Kim regime is talking less about the need for nuclear weapons, it's said little about denuclearization - the action the United States wants.

North Korea chose to call off its annual "anti-US imperialism" rally for this year, according to a report from The Associated Press.

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In another sign of detente following the summit between leader Kim Jong-un and President Trump, North Korea has made a decision to skip one of the most symbolic and politically charged events of its calendar: the annual "anti-US imperialism" rally marking the start of the Korean War.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNN he would not put a timeline on negotiations with North Korea, but said the Trump administration will regularly assess the regime's seriousness about abandoning its nuclear program as the USA moves toward normalizing relations with Pyongyang.

"We hope that we will have an ongoing process of making progress", CNN quoted him as saying.

And Trump said last week the "number-one statement" in the document he and Kim signed in Singapore was "we will immediately begin total denuclearization of North Korea", although there was no such statement in the text.

Pompeo told CNN that Trump's decision to suspend U.S. military exercises in the region will continue "only so long as there is a good-faith negotiation progress, productive results being achieved".

North Korea's decidedly less strident posture these days underscores the delicate position it finds itself in after decades of touting the United States as its archenemy.

CNN said Pompeo suggested it was too soon to expect a detailed roadmap after 40 years of tensions but insisted that Kim had been "unequivocal" about his willingness to denuclearize.

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