Won't put timeline on N. Korea denuclearisation: Pompeo

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Addressing lawmakers at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing, Pompeo fielded dozens of questions about United States diplomatic efforts to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, which culminated in a leaders' summit earlier this month between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"We took the tension level down", he added.

At the hearing, Pompeo fielded dozens of questions about U.S. diplomatic efforts to denuclearise the Korean Peninsula, which culminated in a leaders' summit earlier this month between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

A South Korean team made up of government officials and civilian workers traveled to North Korea to review the facilities designed for meetings of families separated by the Korean War (1950-1953).

That's despite President Donald Trump's assertion that North Korea has either turned some remains over or is in the process of doing so following his summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore earlier this month. "I think his point was a fair one".

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Senator Leahy also got Secretary Pompeo to commit to briefing the entire Senate on what actions, if any, North Korea is taking to denuclearize. "For the moment, we have reduced risk".

If confirmed by the Senate, Harris will serve as Washington's top envoy to Seoul at a time when the allies have been seeking close coordination on a range of issues, including North Korea's nuclear weapons program and bilateral trade.

"The summit pledge is important, but it was not a written agreement that laid out what the North Koreans have to do - that doesn't exist right now, so I'm not surprised they are continuing to operate their facilities", said Joel Wit, a Senior Fellow at the Stimson Center and Director of 38 North. "I think it would be inappropriate and, frankly, counterproductive to achieving the end state that we're hoping to achieve". While these sites can not be detected by monitoring groups, they are assumed to remain operational, according to Wit.

The North Korean leader committed to "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula in exchange for security guarantees from the US The details have yet to be worked out.