Kim, Xi Said to Agree US Troops Should Leave South Korea

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US President Donald Trump said on Thursday (July 5) he believes that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sees a different future for his country, as America's top diplomat heads to Pyongyang for talks on denuclearisation.

Kim reportedly told Trump he had never heard the song - which prompted the President to pack Pompeo off with a CD for the North Korean leader.

Pompeo is expected to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un later in the day, likely to be seeking deliverables on the concessions outlined in last month's DPRK-U.S. agreement. The regime, however, has yet to follow through on either of those commitments. "There is no military rationale for withdrawing the THAAD system as long as Pyongyang maintains an arsenal of ballistic missiles and as long as U.S. Forces remain in Korea".

A peace treaty between the USA and North Korea would end the 1953 Armistice Agreement, which would strengthen North Korea's argument for American troop withdrawal, Asahi Shimbun said.

US national security chief John Bolton earlier stated that the USA could dismantle North Korea's arsenal including all weapons of mass destruction and missile programs within a year, depending on Pyongyang's willingness. North Korea's cabinet mouthpiece Minju Joson described "a great victory of the independent and peaceful reunification policy set forth by the President and an epoch-making event that provided a basic cornerstone of inter-Korean ties and the national reunification movement".

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Rep. Kim Hack-yong of the main conservative Liberty Korea Party here also said he had received a report from the defense ministry that confirmed the North's nuclear activities at the Yongbyon nuclear facility.

The secretary of state's visit to the North Korean capital represents the first major test of the denuclearization deal referred to in a joint statement between Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim in Singapore.

"Until we do the necessary DNA testing to verify whose remains they are, and things like whether they've put remains of the same soldier into more than one box or tried to fool us with pieces of animal bones, we won't know for sure what they've given us back", the official said. Although the North agreed to return their remains, details need to be ironed out, and North Korea has not yet taken delivery of some 100 coffins that are waiting at the border.

He downplayed concerns that improved relations will be accompanied by the easing of sanctions and pressure on North Korea, saying that the progress in inter-Korean projects will depend on whether appropriate conditions are created.

Soseong-ri is home to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), a state-of-the-art system created to protect against North Korean missiles. "Physically, we would be able to dismantle the overwhelming bulk of their programs within a year".

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Since meeting Kim in Singapore last month Trump has been bullish about hopes for peace, boasting that the threat of nuclear war is over.

Kim - who has met former Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman several times in Pyongyang - expressed his enthusiasm for basketball exchanges at a landmark summit with the South's leader Moon Jae-in in April.

But on June 28, Pompeo told the Senate Appropriations Committee, "We have not yet physically received them".

In an attempt to achieve a breakthrough over the abduction issue Abe is seeking to hold a face-to-face meeting with Kim, possibly in September on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Russia's Far Eastern city of Vladivostok or the U.N. General Assembly in NY.

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