N. Korea still making nuclear material: Pompeo

ANTHONY WALLACE  AFP

ANTHONY WALLACE AFP

Instead, Pompeo said that there are things he can only provide in a classified setting and that includes any and all progress on North Korea, regardless of what is reported in the media.

A USA military transport plane was set to fly to an airfield in North Korea's northeastern city of Wonsan to accept the remains, Yonhap reported.

However, the USA has repeatedly indicated it will only reward Pyongyang with a peace treaty after North Korea denuclearizes.

Pompeo pledged to maintain tough global sanctions against North Korea despite efforts from Russian Federation and China to water them down.

Pompeo said he had not talked to the translator who was in the room with Trump and Putin nor looked at her notes.

Briefing on his July 5-7 visit to North Korea, Pompeo said he had emphasized this position in "productive" discussions with his North Korean interlocutor, Kim Yong Chol.

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When asked about whether North Korea was continuing to pursue submarine-launched ballistic missiles or whether its nuclear program is still advancing, Pompeo declined to answer, saying that public statements on the issue would not help "a complex negotiation with a hard adversary".

On the North Korea front, Menendez asked Pompeo if the US goal is no less than "the dismantlement, removal of all nuclear weapons, facilities, technology, and material from North Korea". "Other administrations did actually get a detailed plan worked out".

CNN, citing a USA official, reported earlier this week that Washington expects to receive an initial 55 sets of remains and planned to send officials to North Korea to open and photograph each casket as part of a "cursory review" of what the North Koreans turned over. He said what Trump most likely meant by his statement was that the tension between the US and the North had been "greatly reduced".

"Yeah, I'd rather not talk about the course of the negotiations and how we arrived at the language that we did", Pompeo replied.

He rejected Markey's suggestion that the United States was being "taken for a ride" by North Korea, replying, "fear not senator, fear not". "I am very confident that the North Korean's understand our definition of denuclearization, and a very broad one". Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, chairman of the Committee.

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