North Korea's nuke list not needed before second Trump-Kim summit
Nov 16 2018
Trump on Tuesday criticized what he called "inaccurate" media reports that North Korea had not declared an estimated 20 missile bases and added in a tweet: "I will be the first to let you know if things go bad!"
North Korea has taken some steps since then - forgoing nuclear and missile tests, dismantling a missile test site and promising to also break up the country's main nuclear complex if the USA makes concessions.
The North has reportedly expressed anger in recent days at South Korea's resumption of small-scale military drills with the United States.
Moon responded by saluting the "strong Korea-U.S. alliance" that made the diplomatic breakthrough with Pyongyang possible and thanked President Trump for his "strong leadership and determination".
Diplomacy has stalled since a June summit between President Donald Trump and Kim in Singapore, with Washington pushing for more action on nuclear disarmament and the North insisting that the US first approve a peace declaration formally ending the Korean War.
But Pyongyang has refused to provide the information and has postponed scheduled meetings with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week in New York City.
"We believe that the summit will likely occur after the 1st of the year but the when and the where of that is still being worked out", Pence told reporters after meeting South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The Washington Post, on the other hand, listened to the very same interview and came up with the headline, "Pence: Second U.S".
The U.S. will continue to make efforts toward the ultimate goal of realizing a complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization, Pence said.
Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday President Donald Trump plans to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the new year but won't repeat past mistakes of allowing promises to be broken on pledges to end arms programs.
Trump and Kim met in a historic summit in Singapore in June, where they signed a vaguely worded document on denuclearization of the peninsula. He also said that a lot of progress has been made, but there still remains much work to do ahead. Pence said he hopes North Korea will take more important measures to realize the ultimate goal, .
Pence noted to NBC, however, that the United States has no plans to lift sanctions against North Korea until it has conclusive proof North Korea is making good on its word, and the Center for Strategic Studies maintains that before the United States makes any concessions - or even makes any serious attempt at negotiating a deal with North Korea - that the United States should receive what Trump's not asking for: a full list of all North Korean missile sites and military weapons development operations. The vice president's late father Edward Pence, Jr. was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in the Korean War.
Briefing journalists on the Pence meeting, foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale said, "He (Modi) did point out that the mainstreaming of people involved in the Mumbai attacks + in a political process which has taken place in the recent elections in Pakistan should be a matter of serious concern not just to the two countries - India and the USA - but to the global community".