North Korea Submarine Development Signals Increased Nuclear Threat

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Players from North and South Korea were mixed into two teams that competed against each other at the North Korean capital's Ryugyong Jong Ju Yong Gymnasium.

Pompeo trip comes less than a month after US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un participated in a joint summit in Singapore. "He has been a faithful facilitator", he said of the South Korean leader, adding that the president had "sometimes mediated between Pyongyang and Washington when there was a stumbling block between the two". It is Pompeo's third visit this year to North Korea and the first where he will stay overnight.

Kim has committed to denuclearization as a way to prevent a United States attack.

North Korea has consistently refused in past rounds of failed negotiations to provide an inventory of its weapons program, and US intelligence remains uncertain of how many nuclear warheads North Korea has.

Trump himself has remained upbeat.

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Spokespeople for South Korea's presidential Blue House and the U.S. Forces in Korea said there has been no discussions about the system's future following the Singapore summit. A State Department official told ABC News that if the meetings go well, they assume Pompeo will meet with the dictator, but they're still not sure.

But it remains uncertain whether Japan will heed North Korea's call as it continues to seek comprehensive resolution of the nuclear, missile and abduction issues. What these leaks I think are trying to do is say there's a bigger program here. "We both hope that's true", he said.

Rep. Kim Hack-yong of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party, who served as chairman of the parliamentary defense committee, disclosed the information in a statement, saying he was recently briefed by the ministry on North Korea's military activities.

There's been mixed messaging from the administration before over what promises to be a tough negotiation to get Pyongyang to roll back its weapons capabilities.

As concerns grow that North Korea is upgrading its nuclear capability, despite agreeing to work towards the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, Pompeo said he expected the North to "fill in some details" outlined in the leaders' Singapore declaration.

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Shortly after his North Korea visit, Pompeo will fly to Tokyo for a trilateral meeting with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts - Kang Kyung-wha and Taro Kono - this weekend.

In the flurry of diplomatic activity that followed, it was South Korean diplomats who conveyed Kim Jong Un's desire to meet Trump.

Pyongyang will be the first stop on his first around-the-world trip as America's top diplomat.

His round-the-world diplomatic voyage will then take him on to Vietnam and then Abu Dhabi before he arrives in the Belgian capital Brussels to rejoin Trump for next week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

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