Pompeo corrects Trump, says North Korea is a nuclear threat

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives to testify before a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the proposed budget estimates and justification for FY2019 for the State on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 27, 2018.

Senior officials from transport agencies of North and South Korea on Thursday began talks on linking the two countries' motor roads to make it possible to travel from Pyongyang to Seoul by vehicle.

The nuclear-armed North's leader Kim Jong Un promised to "work toward" the goal at a landmark summit in the city-state earlier this month with US President Donald Trump.

The former chief of the US Pacific Command won unanimous approval from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee ahead of a full Senate vote expected for early July.

"Mike Pompeo: I don't want to get into the details of intelligence, but I think we have publicly said before that they have a breakup capacity that is in a number of months - 12 months to be precise".

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Adam Mount, a senior fellow and director at the Federation of American Scientists, agreed that the images indicate that North Korea will continue to support the foundation of its nuclear program until the two sides are able to agree on specific terms. It noted "continued operations" at the North's uranium enrichment plant and several new installations at the site - including an engineering office and a driveway to a building housing a nuclear reactor.

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.

But Trump has repeatedly mischaracterized the nature of his deal with Kim, insisting last week that the North Korean dictator had agreed to begin "total denuclearization" right away.

"We should remain skeptical that North Korea's nuclear calculus has changed dramatically".

Since last January, the two Koreas reactivated the contacts and initiated a series of meetings on bilateral issues which have led to a new space with a view to achieving definitive peace on the Korean peninsula and reunification.