Diplomats: UN exempts NKoreans meeting Trump from sanctions

North Korea must disarm before any economic relief, says Mike Pompeo

The US secretary of state was speaking in Congress a day after Trump had cast doubt on the timing of the summit in Singapore, and appeared to drop the insistence of "all-in-one" unilateral disarmament before receiving any reciprocal steps from the US. "It could very well happen", Trump said of the on-again-off-again June 12 meeting, which has been as keenly teased as any of his "The Apprentice" season finales.

The event is scheduled for 12 June in Singapore, but the North has said it may cancel if the U.S. insists on it giving up nuclear weapons.

Mr Trump later denied the U.S. would follow the "Libyan model" if an agreement was reached with North Korea.

Hand-picked aides - including deputy chief of staff Joe Hagin and deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel - are traveling to the Southeast Asian city state, officials said.

It would be historic as no sitting United States president has ever met a North Korean leader.

Pompeo said a US -led sanctions pressure campaign on Pyongyang would not be eased until North Korea gives up nuclear weapons and that the United States had no intention of making concessions to Pyongyang.

Asked in a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee if the summit, tentatively planned for Singapore on June 12, will take place, Pompeo replied: "That decision will ultimately be up to Chairman Kim".

Despite claims to the contrary by Trump critics who are intent on denying the president even the semblance of credit for the upcoming talks, Pompeo suggested the first meeting in history between a sitting American president and the leader of North Korea is still on.

His remarks reflect an effort to put the ball back in Pyongyang's court and perhaps lay the groundwork for blame should the talks fail.

The summit, planned for Singapore, offers a historic chance for peace on the peninsula - but also the risk of an epic diplomatic failure that would allow the North to revive and advance its nuclear weapons program.

Relations between Washington and Ankara have deteriorated recently.

WONSAN, NORTH KOREA-A group of foreign journalists departed by train Wednesday to watch the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear test site after eight reporters from South Korea received last-minute permission to join them.

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North Korea invited worldwide media to observe the destruction with explosives of the Punggye-ri site, but not experts as initially promised, casting doubt over how verifiable the plan is and whether it will be safe. Washington and Seoul welcomed the move.

Skepticism about the North's intentions have mounted in recent weeks after Kim's government pulled out of planned peace talks with the South last week, objecting to long-scheduled joint military exercises between US and South Korean forces.

The demolition is due to take place sometime between today and Friday, depending on the weather, according to the North.

US President Donald Trump warned Tuesday his landmark summit with Kim may be delayed, while insisting the North Korean leader was "serious" about denuclearization. "But if we make a deal, I think Kim Jong-un is going to be very, very happy".

But as the date draws near, the differences between the two sides are coming into sharp relief.

Pompeo steered away from that comparison, but said the USA wants "rapid denuclearization, total and complete, that won't be extended over time".

Pyongyang has vowed it will never give up its nuclear deterrence until it feels safe from what it terms United States aggression.

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He said the site's destruction would win Pyongyang global sympathy even if the summit collapses.

North Korea, which views its nukes as a guarantee that its authoritarian regime won't go the same way as those in Libya and Iraq, has said it wants a "phased and synchronous" approach to denuclearization, which neighboring China supports.

South Korean journalists walk to board a plane to leave for North Korea at Seoul Airport in Seongnam, South Korea, Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

Giuliani, President Trump's lawyer, told The Washington Post on Wednesday that he is now recommending that Trump sit for an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. "But. I hope for the best".

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