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Pompeo hopeful N. Korea talks will take place

Pompeo hopeful N. Korea talks will take place”

"That doesn't mean it won't work out over a period of time". "We had real conversations, not stilted talking points like we've had in the past with the North Koreans", Pompeo said.

But a White House spokesman, Raj Shah, says the U.S.

"The North Koreans have conducted all these tests here, every single weapons test, so if they let experts in to look at these tunnels before they let anyone else in that would be potentially for us an intelligence boon", said Bruce Bechtol, a professor of political science at Angelo State University.

North Korea announced recently it would demolish the Punggye-ri site as a goodwill gesture ahead of the planned June 12 summit between leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump.

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But the prospect of immediately resuming inter-Korean talks remains to be seen, as North Korean negotiators might be busy with preparing for the US-North Korea summit scheduled to take place on June 12.

Pompeo says previous USA administrations had been "fooled before and we can't permit that to happen again".

The demolition is due to take place sometime between today and Friday, depending on the weather, according to the North. Trump said on Tuesday there was a "substantial chance" it will be called off amid concerns Pyongyang is not prepared to give up its nuclear arsenal.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday he's "very hopeful" that a planned U.S.

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"There are certain conditions that we want", Mr Trump said.

"We still have a lots of work to do to find common ground", Pompeo said. But there also is the risk of a diplomatic failure that would allow the North to revive and advance its program. On Wednesday, a Unification Ministry spokeswoman said the government's stance hasn't changed and it has no plans to send them back because they are South Korean citizens. But Trump also said he believed Kim was "serious" about negotiations.

"I have every confidence that President Trump will be able to achieve a historic feat of making the upcoming U.S".

While global media are regularly able to travel to the capital Pyongyang or - during a period of rapprochement between North and South - the jointly-run Kaesong Industrial Complex, visits to other parts of North Korea are far rarer.

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North Korea's absence at the earlier meetings reportedly raised alarms at the White House, which coincided with the timing of North Korea's change in posture last week.

The change in tone came after North Korean officials blasted national security adviser John Bolton for suggesting that North Korea would quickly eliminate its weapons of mass destruction as Libya did - a move North Korean leaders see as a unsafe approach that could end with Kim facing the same deadly fate as former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. His spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said Trump was referring to a commitment to seriously discuss denuclearization.

However, it had declined to take the South Korea reporters after calling off planned inter-Korean talks in protest against US-South Korean air combat drills. The North also threatened to abandon the planned Trump-Kim meeting over US insistence on rapidly denuclearizing the peninsula, issuing a harshly worded statement that the White House dismissed as a negotiating ploy.

Trump expressed suspicion that the North's recent aggressive barbs were influenced by Kim's unannounced trip to China two weeks ago - his second in as many months.

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