When will North Korea denuclearise? Trump now says no ‘time limit’

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Mike Pompeo will be discussing this with the North Koreans in the near future, about how to dismantle all of their [weapons of mass destruction] and ballistic missile programmes in a year.

We've all seen the negative press regarding President Donald Trump's meeting with Chairman Kim Jong-un.

The women's arrival happened when South Korea was governed by a conservative government, which took a tough stance on the North's nuclear program.

A senior US defence official said on Tuesday Washington hoped North Korea would return about 50 sets of remains within two weeks but details were still uncertain, in spite of two days of talks between USA and North Korean officials on Sunday and Monday.

Subsequently, U.S. intelligence reports have indicated satellite images reveal North Korea is continuing to develop its nuclear arsenal. He said they signed a document confirming that they will start talks next month on specifics of how the 2 Koreas can cooperate on return of the Korean remains from Japan.

The acknowledgment that it will take more time contrasts sharply with remarks made immediately after the unprecedented summit in Singapore on June 12, when Trump said the denuclearization process would be started "very quickly" and declared that the North no longer poses a nuclear threat. However, Pyongyang shouldn't look forward to an easing of sanctions any time soon, as, according to Trump, they will remain in place. "Discussions are ongoing, and they're going very, very well", the U.S. president told reporters.

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Last month, the USA president and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held historic talks and pledged to denuclearise the Korean peninsula.

Russia's RIA news agency, citing Moscow's envoy to Pyongyang, reported on Wednesday that a summit between the leaders of Russian Federation and North Korea is "on the agenda" and that it would be "logical" to raise the idea of lifting sanctions.

South Korea's Ministry of Unification said it has yet to confirm the matter, but added it is also closely observing relevant developments.

Likely also to prove untrue is the part of the Trump-Kim statement that said the North had war remains "already identified".

Earlier North Korea participated in 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea along with a high power delegation headed by sister of Kim Jong-un.

More than a month later, no concrete progress has been reported and North Korea has complained that the USA is making unilateral demands.