'No Nukes, No THAAD': South Korean town calls for missile defense withdrawal

US Marines help a wounded buddy on the Naktong River front in South Korea in 1950

US Marines help a wounded buddy on the Naktong River front in South Korea in 1950 Credit AP

After an overnight trip to North Korea, Pompeo also is expected to travel to Japan, Vietnam, the United Arab Emirates, and Belgium for next week's NATO Summit next week. The President told me he believes that Chairman Kim sees a different, brighter future for the people of North Korea. He did not elaborate in these comments.

Cho's visit will overlap with a trip to Pyongyang by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is tasked with fleshing out details for the denuclearization deal between Kim and Trump. For example, North Korea announced in May it had blown up tunnels in order to cave in its Punggye-ri nuclear testing site, but satellite images from last September suggested the site had already partially collapsed and was unusable.

"Nothing has changed in North Korea", Kim said. "I expect that the DPRK is ready to do the same", Pompeo said.

Private analysts have been quick to pick apart the administration's overall plan for following up on the summit in Singapore, where Mr. Kim committed generally to the goal of a "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". Whether this policy actually works depends heavily on the U.S. honoring the deal, but once again suggests North Korea envisions a different future from the endless military buildup of the past.

Hoffman ended by saying negotiations with the Soviet Union under President Reagan took years to play out and the situation with North Korea is still in its early days.

Soseong-ri is home to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), a state-of-the-art system created to protect against North Korean missiles.

US intelligence officials, though, told NBC News that the North Korean government has continued to expand its nuclear weapons activities, increasing production of fuel for nuclear weapons at multiple secret sites in recent months.

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He said that North Korea, "by dangling the possibility of giving up nuclear weapons and calling for a post-summit summit", another meeting with Trump, is managing to drag out negotiations over the details of any denuclearization.

North Korea is believed to be constructing an operational nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarine, and US intelligence officials believe the rogue regime is deliberately "deceiving" Washington - even as Pyongyang says it seeks peace and denuclearization.

In the joint statement, then-North Korean supreme leader Kim Il Sung and South Korean KCIA Director Lee Hu-rak laid out three principles for the eventual reunification of the two Koreas: independence, peace and national unity.

South and North Korean basketball players took to the court Wednesday in Pyongyang for their first friendly game in 15 years, surrounded by thousands of North Koreans chanting "peace" and "prosperity".

Trump needs Pompeo to score some points to lay to rest doubts over whether the president, who has already ordered a suspension of large-scale US military drills with South Korea, is hurting the bigger goal of complete denuclearization by being overeager to claim a quick success. "We are watching closely".

One diplomatic source in Washington said, "The "Rocket Man" CD was the subject of discussion during Trump's lunch with Kim".

Pompeo said: "Since the summit the consultations have continued".

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