Denuclearization has been a raging topic ever since the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and the US President Donald Trump met in Singapore last month.
Their meet that took place last month was able to capture the world’s attention when the two leaders promised to work towards new relations.
After the meeting, it was reaffirmed that North Korea would denuclearize the Korean peninsula while US assured that it would stop the incendiary war games with South Korea.
However, the former is seen is fall short of their statement.
According to reports, although Pyongyang appears to have begun dismantling a rocket site, they are still continuing their weapon activities.
Not to forget, Pyongyang has even accused the US for portraying a “gangster-like” tactic.
North Korea’s notoriety and ability to capture global headlines may have led to its power being overestimated.
It appears Pyongyang has sought to disguise a position of relative weakness as one of unqualified strength. It framed the summit as one between equal nuclear powers.
With North Korea still producing necessary components for nuclear weapons, it runs as a contrary to loose promises made during the US-Kim summit.
The news was delivered by the US Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday, July 25th.
Asked at the Senate committee hearing whether this was the true, Pompeo responded to Democratic Senator Ed Markey by saying, “Yes, that’s correct. Yes, they continue to produce fissile material.”
Pompeo also reiterated that North Korea had agreed to denuclearize, though he did go on to claim his worry as to whether Pyongyang agreed with the US definition of denuclearization.
“Progress is happening. We need Chairman Kim Jong-Un to follow through on his commitments made in Singapore.”
However, Pompeo declined to answer when asked whether North Korea was continuing to pursue submarine-launched ballistic missiles.
He rather responded by saying that he would be happy to answer the question if necessary in a classified setting.
He also suggested that public statements on the issue would not help a complex negation with difficult adversary.
In the Senate committee, Mike Pompeo stated that United States was engaged in “patient diplomacy” to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons but would not let the process drag out to no end.
Pompeo said U.S. North Korea policy was guided by a principle stated by Trump on July 17 that “diplomacy and engagement are preferable to conflict and hostility.”
Briefing on his visit to North Korea in the first week of July, Pompeo said he had emphasized this position in productive discussions with his North Korean interlocutor, Kim Yong Chol who is also known to be the powerful right hand man of Kim Jong-Un.
Pompeo added that “every single nation” must maintain enforcement of US sanctions against North Korea.
China and Russia have argued that North Korea should be rewarded with the prospect of eased sanctions for opening up dialogue with the United States and halting missile tests.
Pompeo conceded that there was an “awful long way to go” with North Korea but in answer to a question, said the U.S. goal was for North Korea’s complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization by the end of Trump’s current term in office, which runs until January 2021, and “more quickly if possible.”