U.S. Prepares Timeline of ‘Specific Asks’ for North Korea

US President Donald Trump has made a u-turn over North Korea again labelling them a threat

Shortly after the June 12 summit in Singapore, a senior defense official told reporters that the U.S. would present a timeline to North Korea with specific "asks".

The North has long accused the United States of provoking the 1950-53 Korean War as part of a plan for global domination and blames it for the division of the peninsula, agreed between Moscow and Washington in the closing days of World War II.

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 U.S. officials, with no titles.

"There will be specific asks and there will be a specific timeline when we present the North Koreans with our concept of what implementation of the summit agreement looks like", the official said earlier this month.

North Korea and South Korea have also agreed to resume the reunions of war-torn families in mid-August.

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USA president Donald Trump and the North's leader Kim Jong-un met in Singapore on 12 June for talks aimed at ending a tense nuclear standoff.

North Korean state media have shown many reports, photographs and videos of the recent meeting between the country's leader and the USA president.

"We hope that we will have an ongoing process of making progress", CNN quoted him as saying.

"We'll know pretty soon if they're going to operate in good faith or not", the anonymous official said, as recounted by Reuters.

Pompeo, who has been charged with leading negotiations aimed at persuading North Korea to give up a nuclear weapons program that threatens the United States, said he would "constantly reassess" whether enough progress was being made to continue talks.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNN he would not put a timeline on negotiations with North Korea, but said the Trump administration will regularly assess the regime's seriousness about abandoning its nuclear program as the USA moves toward normalizing relations with Pyongyang.

Limits placed by North Korea on the upcoming inter-Korean family reunions could be a sign of the hard road that lies ahead to implement the recent denuclearization agreements made by Kim Jong Un.

In Singapore Kim and Trump signed a joint statement in which Pyongyang committed to "work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula".

The state department has since said it has no travel plans to announce.

CNN said Pompeo suggested it was too soon to expect a detailed roadmap after 40 years of tensions but insisted that Kim had been "unequivocal" about his willingness to denuclearize.

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