Incremental North Korean denuclearisation will be unacceptable - South Korea official

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North Korea's nuclear weapons should be dismantled and sent to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee if Kim wants to see a relaxation of sanctions, John Bolton said during an interview on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

Denuclearisation is absolutely at the core of it, Bolton said when asked what is non-negotiable. It means addressing the ballistic missile issue.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Pyongyang, North Korea on May 9, 2018. By contrast, Kim has called for a step-by-step process to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons.

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"This the reason why the president is both optimistic but realistic at the same time", Bolton told the Sunday talk show.

While Washington has pushed for a speedy process of denuclearization, the timeline will not likely be six months to one year, as has been suggested by some US observers. North Korea has a very extensive programme. The North did not reveal the number of spots it will give to non-Korean journalists, according to the ministry. The JCPOA provided Iran relief from UN-imposed sanctions in return for curbing its uranium enrichment program and granting access to inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). "If the North Koreans aren't - and the chances are very high that they are not - then the summit fails".

The Japanese side is demanding a meeting after the Trump-Kim talks partly because it seeks to quickly ascertain the content of Kim's remarks, which will serve as the basis of its decision whether to hold a Japan-North Korea summit meeting toward resolving the abduction issue.

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Xi advised Kim to "give top priority" to reaching "a comprehensive agreement on denuclearization" with the USA, according to the daily.

"If he wants to be a normal nation, if he wants to have normal relations with the rest of the world, if he wants to trade and investment to be possible for his desperately poor country, this is the path to do it".

"The Americans have a real problem here because they have raised expectations about the summit, and they continue to do so", he said.

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Trump past year pressured the United Nations Security Council to cut off most of North Korea's exports and curb fuel imports to stop Kim from pursuing the capability to strike the USA with a nuclear weapon.

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