White House Unhappy With Pompeo-North Korea Visit

The professor urged Trump not to offset his diplomatic efforts after the Singapore summit, saying he should next persuade his hawkish aides to come up with a feasible approach on "full denuclearization" - one that differs from the past complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement (CVID) of North Korea's nuclear programs.

The US secretary of state visited Pyongyang on Friday and Saturday in an attempt to agree details of a deal made during June's historic summit between Donald Trump and the North Korean dictator.

However, officials say it could be months before excavations can begin and years until the remains are identified.

In an article published by 38 North, a website devoted to expert analysis of North Korea, Robert Carlin noted that the language in the release suggested some progress has been made during the talks.

The repatriation of the remains of US soldiers from North Korea has been a major issue between Washington and Pyongyang since the end of the Korean War, when thousands of Americans were left in Korea either missing in action or as prisoners of war.

USA officials and experts have said the shift in attitude was to be expected as the North Koreans are known for brinkmanship and trying to up the ante ahead of tough negotiations over their nuclear missile program. "But, it seems that the USA misunderstood our goodwill and patience".

The two sides had been expected to discuss at the Korean Peninsula's demilitarized zone the return of US troop remains from the 1950-1953 war - an arrangement that the State Department had announced after Secretary Mike Pompeo's visit to Pyongyang last Friday and Saturday.

In the meantime, satellite images of a missile-manufacturing facility in the city of Hamhung showed North Korea is expanding its ballistic weapons program.

While China may be genuinely committed to pushing Pyongyang to denuclearize, it'll inevitably bear the brunt of any back-and-forth from North Korea's delivery, according to Tsai Tung-Chieh, a professor of worldwide politics at National Chung Hsing University in Taichung, central Taiwan.

'Shocked' by Latest U.S. Tariffs, Beijing Seeks Retaliatory Action
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said the announcement "appears reckless and is not a targeted approach". The Chinese government, however, called it "totally unacceptable" and said it would take unspecified countermeasures.

The American described the talks as "productive", but did not meet with Mr Kim.

Daily NK reported the lectures are not having the desired effect, and its source said the North Koreans attending the lecture appeared disinterested or bored.

After the Singapore summit, Trump may have eroded China's leverage by directly engaging with Pyongyang, but that doesn't mean China will be left completely out of the equation, the professor said.

Trump later added on Twitter that the decision would "save a fortune".

Officials from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency traveled to the United Nations -controlled area in the heavily fortified border for the meeting but the North Koreans never showed up, according to official sources.

DPAA investigators face a narrow weather window in North Korea, where the ground is soft enough for digging from mid-March to late September, and rains can stop work in June and August.

What Pyongyang really wants is a four-party meeting with South Korea, China and the United States, the professor said.

Trump told a crowd of supporters a week later that the remains of 200 Americans "have been sent back".

A spokesman for U.S. Forces Korea referred questions Thursday to the Department of Defense in Washington.

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