Pompeo says no timeline on North Korea negotiations
Jun 26 2018
North Korea has opted not to hold an "anti-U.S. imperialism" rally marking the anniversary of the start of the Korean War, another sign of detente following the summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump.
State media referred to Trump quite deferentially in their reports of the summit, calling him by his full name and adding the title of president of the United States of America - itself a somewhat jarring contrast to the way it normally spits out merely the surname of US officials, with no titles.
Children are indoctrinated to beware of Americans, and while the Kim regime is talking less about the need for nuclear weapons, it's said little about denuclearization - the action the U.S. wants.
Washington is expected to soon test North Korea's denuclearization commitment by presenting a rapid timeline and "specific asks" of Pyongyang, according to an unnamed senior us defense official.
However in the end, the cost incurred by the government was about Sg$16.3 million, the biggest part of which was spent on security, said a ministry of foreign affairs spokesman in a statement.
North Korea chose to call off its annual "anti-US imperialism" rally for this year, according to a report from The Associated Press. But Associated Press staff in the North Korean capital confirmed Monday that it would not be held.
"The large, joint, combined exercises have been suspended".
News reports are also addressing President Trump differently, calling him by his title and full name instead of just his last name which is how USA officials are traditionally referenced by the regime's media. United States recovery efforts in the country were halted in 2005 as tensions heightened between the two countries.
He alluded to the rough outlines of an agreement in which North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons program in exchange for security guarantees and economic support.
Mattis is on a trip to Asia in which he will visit Japan, South Korea and China.
North Korea has noticeably toned down its anti-Washington rhetoric over the past several months to create a more conciliatory atmosphere for the summit and avoid souring attempts by both sides to reduce tensions and increase dialogue.
President Trump gives briefing after summit with Kim Jong Un, says the past does not have to define the future, says North Korea agreed to destroy a "major" missile testing site and the US will stop war games.