South Korea mulling tour programmes in North Korea


As for the most crucial word that everyone had been waiting to see on paper, the CVID, or the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula - it was nowhere to be seen except for the clause where North Korea was committed to (quote) "work towards complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

It was made by the Choson Sinbo, a pro-Pyongyang mouthpiece in Japan that normally faithfully reproduces the party line. He fought mostly along the 38th Parallel, which is the dividing line between North and South Korea.

Not long ago, the world was seriously concerned about the potential threat of nuclear warfare.

IAEA inspectors have not returned to North Korea since they were expelled from there in 2009.

KCNA also asserted Trump had "expressed his intention" to lift sanctions against the North - something the United States president had said would happen "when we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor".

"I think the fact that Donald Trump showed some strength and showed some backbone has brought Mr. Kim Jong Un to the negotiating table", Lamborn said.

Pompeo said he expects the United States would next speak to North Korean officials "fairly quickly after we return to our home countries", adding he was "very confident" that some form of engagement would occur in the next week.

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Both sides promised to push the process forward quickly, and Trump and Kim exchanged invitations to each other to visit their nations' capitals.

The UN chief has hailed Tuesday's historic summit between the leaders of the United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea as "an important milestone".

While Trump was facing questions at home and among allies about whether he gave away too much in return for too little, North Korean state media heralded claims of a victorious meeting with the USA president.

"I don't know exactly what the timing will be for our next conversation with the North Koreans", Pompeo said.

Trump's claim that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat is questionable considering Pyongyang's significant weapons arsenal. Trump's announcement appeared to catch the Pentagon and officials in Seoul off guard, and some South Koreans were alarmed.

On Tuesday, just after Trump's surprise announcement, a spokesman for US Forces Korea said they had not received any instruction to cease joint military drills.

In the same year, South Korea also halted a separate tour programme to North Korea's western border city of Kaesong, said the report. So a Trump deal presumably would not only eliminate North Korea's current nuclear warheads, which are estimated to be at about 60, but prohibit further production forever - and end Pyongyang's militaristic programs like providing weapons to Syria and its horrific violations of human rights.