Trump's North Korean Love Affair Shows That Diplomacy Works

US Secretary of State Pompeo to meet North Korea's Kim Jong-un

South Korean political parties on both ends of the spectrum commemorated National Foundation Day on Wednesday with words of peace and prosperity - but spoke of the North Korea nuclear issue in different tones.

North Korea, which prohibits access to the world wide web for virtually all its people, has previously denied involvement in cyberattacks, and attribution for such attacks is rarely made with absolute certainty.

"Without any trust in the USA there will be no confidence in our national security and under such circumstances, there is no way we will unilaterally disarm ourselves first", Ri said.

"The still trying to subdue someone by resorting to sanctions", KCNA grumbled.

KCNA said the Yongbyon nuclear facility, which the North expressed a willingness to take offline if the USA takes corresponding action, "is a core one for its nuclear programme". But he added that much work remains to be done and that the sanctions against the DPRK will stay in place "until denuclearization occurs".

Trump paints rapprochement with North Korea as a signature foreign policy achievement, although critics question whether Pyongyang has taken any firm action. "Knowing the North Koreans, I think they have other things up their sleeve that they are willing to do".

More news: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to visit Beijing amid tension

Others say Pyongyang might be prepared to reduce - but not eliminate - its nuclear stockpile and missile capability, in return for economic benefits and security guarantees from Washington. Pyongyang, they argued, had done nothing to indicate that it was committed to "complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization".

Speaking before a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in NY recently, Trump announced that himself and Kim will hold a second summit "in the not too distant future". In recent weeks, North Korea has demanded nearly daily that the United States sign an end-of-war declaration.

"We are not easing the pressure in that regard at all", she said, while responding when asked if Washington was considering any kind of peace declaration: "We are not".

Pompeo will also travel to Japan, South Korea and China from October 6-8, and will be in North Korea on Sunday local time, or Saturday in U.S. Eastern Time. Stanford University scholars, including nuclear physicist Siegfried Hecker who visited North Korea's centrifuge facility at Nyongbyon in 2010, wrote earlier this year that North Korea is estimated to have a highly enriched uranium inventory of 250 to 500 kilograms (550 to 1,100 pounds), sufficient for 25 to 30 nuclear devices.

The U.S. and South Korea have expressed interest in a peace treaty to end the Korean War, which is technically on hold since the 1953 armistice, but there are concerns North Korea would use such a treaty to weaken worldwide sanctions and push for the removal of American troops from the Korean peninsula. He begins his trip in Tokyo, and will also visit Seoul and Beijing.

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