Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

North Korea cancels its annual anti-US rally

North Korea cancels its annual anti-US rally

Washington is expected to soon test North Korea's denuclearization commitment by presenting a rapid timeline and "specific asks" of Pyongyang, according to an unnamed senior usa defense official.

North Korea and the U.S. 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.

He said Washington hoped to achieve major disarmament by North Korea within the next 2-1/2 years, within Trump's current presidential term, which ends on January 20, 2021.

Officials agreed to permit a reunion of 100 separated family members to meet on August 20 to 26 at the Mount Kumgang area in North Korea.

The Pentagon says Pyongyang has indicated several times that they have as many as 200 sets of remains that could be those of USA soldiers who died in the war.

Reuters implies the promise of "specific asks" was, to some degree, a response to criticisms that President Donald Trump has not made enough specific demands of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un yet, and most of the concessions offered by Kim to date have been symbolic gestures of little real cost to the North Korean regime.

"I am not going to put a timeline on it, whether that's two months, six months, we are committed to moving forward in an expeditious moment to see if we can achieve what both leaders set out to do", Pompeo told CNN, referring to the 12 June summit between Trump and Kim.

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When asked what message the first lady's jacket meant to send, spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said: "It's a jacket". This isn't the first time the First Lady's fashion has not been quite suited to the occasion.

"We hope that we will have an ongoing process of making progress", Pompeo said Sunday.

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 U.S. moves toward normalizing relations with Pyongyang.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week he would likely travel back to North Korea "before too terribly long" to try to flesh out the summit commitments.

Pompeo, who has been charged with leading negotiations aimed at persuading North Korea to give up a nuclear weapons program that threatens the USA, said he would "constantly reassess" whether enough progress was being made to continue talks.

Pompeo himself told reporters the day after the Singapore summit Washington hoped to achieve "major disarmament" by North Korea within Trump's current term, which ends on January 20, 2021.

Kim Jong Un's decision to ditch the rally is the latest sign that tensions between the United States and North Korea are easing. North Korean media said Chinese President Xi Jinping and Kim reached an understanding on the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula after discussing the outcome of the U.S.

North Korea will continue to ignore Japan unless Tokyo halts hostilities against its neighbor, such as large-scale military drills and efforts to boost military readiness, the isolated nation's state media has said.

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