U.S. Secretary of State: Be honest, Pyongyang

The U.S. Secretary of State will make his third visit to North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang, after trying to broke a deal with the North of increased economic help for nuclear disarmament; a topic that was a high priority and after a symbolic agreement signed by President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore the previous month.


Experts say that the Secretary will push North Korea to submit a list of it’s nuclear weapons and facilities spread throughout the country – something the U.S. wants disassembled ASAP. This will no doubt irritate North Korea and it will test the true willingness to it’s dedication to self-denuclearize.


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He will also demand that Pyongyang report a timetable for the dismantlement program – if they have one in the first place. This demand for a timetable will start a long and arduous process which may irritate the North to no end.


The planned trip to North Korea is scheduled to take three days and is an attempt to clear doubts if the North is true to its word of denuclearizing.


U.S. media outlets reported that North Korea double-crossed the U.S. about the number of nuclear warheads it currently has and the existence of other facilities that are still secretly operational. These secret facilities are used to make nuclear fuel for bombs.


U.S. and South Korean intelligence say that North Korea now has dozens of nuclear warheads.


Bringing back the remains of U.S. prisoners of war or those missing in action in North Korea is another of his topics. The two leaders agreed to this at the summit. Return of the bodies of the KIA and MIA from the Korean War will boost Trump’s popularity at home.


Trump will join the ceremony where hundreds of U.S. soldiers’ remains covered by the Stars and Stripes flag come back home; something the president is can’t wait for.


Reference: Pompeo faces Pyongyang test on denuclearization


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