Pompeo says North Korea test site reports consistent with commitments

Pompeo says North Korea test site reports consistent with commitments

Reports that North Korea has started dismantling facilities at a rocket test site are consistent with a commitment Pyongyang made at a summit last month, but it must go further and fully denuclearize, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

Pompeo said after meetings with his Australian counterpart in California that the United States had been pressing North Korea to allow inspectors on the ground when the Sohae site was dismantled, something also “consistent” with a commitment by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Singapore summit in June with US President Donald Trump.

Asked at a joint news conference what further steps were needed by North Korea, Pompeo said: “They need to completely, fully denuclearize. That’s the steps that Chairman Kim committed to.”

As Pompeo spoke in California, Trump told an audience of US veterans in Kansas City he hoped the remains of American soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War would be returned by North Korea soon - another agreement the president has touted from the summit that has been slow to materialize.

“As you may know we’re also working to bring back the remains of your brothers in arms who gave their lives to Korea,” Trump said. “I hope that very soon these fallen warriors will begin coming home to lay at rest in American soil.”

Washington-based think tank 38 North said on Monday that satellite images of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station from last week indicated North Korea had begun dismantling a building used to assemble space-launch vehicles and a nearby rocket engine test stand used to develop liquid-fuel engines for ballistic missiles and space-launch vehicles.

A 38 North report said it was a first step toward fulfilling a pledge made at the summit and a significant confidence-building step amid growing questions about North Korea’s willingness to give up a nuclear weapons program that threatens the United States.

US officials have repeatedly said North Korea has committed to abandoning the program, but Pyongyang has offered no details as to how it might go about this.

It has also appeared to drag out discussions on the promised return of American soldiers’ remains. Pompeo said on July 18 that progress had been made on this issue and that he thought the first batch would be returned in the next couple of weeks.

Washington hoped North Korea would return about 50 sets of remains within two weeks but details were still uncertain, a senior US defense official said last week.

Metallurgical production may increase in Azerbaijan
Metallurgical production may increase in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan's foreign trade balance with Israel remains positive in Jan. 2021
Azerbaijan's foreign trade balance with Israel remains positive in Jan. 2021
Venezuela always supported Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity - Ambassador
Venezuela always supported Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity - Ambassador
Loading Bars
Latest
Metallurgical production may increase in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan's foreign trade balance with Israel remains positive in Jan. 2021
Venezuela always supported Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity - Ambassador
Azerbaijan, Pakistan discuss areas of military cooperation (VIDEO)
Bio-smart pavilion ready for integration with Smart City project network - Azerbaijan Innovation Agency
Georgia makes rapid progress on its commitments under Energy Community - Green for Growth Fund
Azerbaijani State Customs Committee develops new portal for visualizing customs statistics
'Uzbekistan GTL' plant receives fuel gas for first time
All deals with corporate securities in Azerbaijan fell on secondary market - BSE
Most transactions on state securities in Azerbaijan accounts for primary market
Azerbaijan plans to expand geography of wine export
U.S. private payrolls rise less than expected in February
Prosecutor's Office talks details of mine explosion accident in Aghdam
Loan portfolio of trade and services sector increases in Azerbaijan
Iran’s Bahar Azadi gold coin price starts to rise in Iran
Azerbaijan announces net foreign assets of commercial banks for January
Croatian 'green energy' companies could contribute to dev't of Azerbaijani liberated lands
President Aliyev receives in video format delegation led by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of Pakistan (PHOTO)
Next equipment from India will be brought to Iran’s Chabahar port
Silk Way Technics company has been keeping aircraft flying safely for 15 years
Turkmenistan has potential to benefit from future co-op with EU
Uzbek currency rates for March 4
Azerbaijani, Italian FMs discuss prospects for comprehensive development of relations
Iran plans to increase mushroom production and exports
Growth of trade turnover observed between Turkey and Uzbekistan
Azerbaijan's experience of implementing 'smart' projects to be presented in Belarus
PayPal in talks to buy Israeli co Curv
Kazakhstan expects recovery of business activity in 1Q2021
Chief of Azerbaijani Aghdam's Irrigation Department heavily injured in mine explosion (PHOTO)
OPEC+ considers oil output roll over for April
Azerbaijani police officers find air defense systems left by Armenians in Fuzuli (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Kazakhstan's Home Credit and Finance Bank may face additional asset quality pressure
Iran's exports to Turkmenistan via railways increase
Turkish revenues from export of defense-related products grow
Turkey increases steel exports to Azerbaijan since early 2021
Turkey plans to increase trade turnover volume with Georgia
Hungarian Globalia Kft to support solar park creation in Kazakhstan
Significant number of people receive unemployment benefits in Georgia
Turkey attaches importance to Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey trilateral format of co-op - FM
Uzbek-Chinese JV to buy gas piston power station via tender
Azerbaijan’s PASHA Bank to continue to improve digital products
Fruits and vegetables make up majority of Azerbaijan's export of non-oil products since early 2021
EU to promote local entrepreneurship in Georgian Adjara
Georgia's Batumi sees decrease in real estate transactions
Number of apartment transactions down in Georgia's Tbilisi - Colliers International
Major Azerbaijani state companies' revenues from non-oil products' export up in Jan.2021
Belarusian Belavia Airlines extends suspension of flights to Turkmenistan
Sales of Iranian mining companies soar
Moody's unveils current account balance in Azerbaijan's GDP for 2021
Uzbekistan’s economic activity index drops significantly
French Senate interested in strengthening bilateral co-op with Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan enters list of world’s largest cotton producers
Iran reveals COVID-19 data for March 3
Russia's Rosselkhoznadzor allows imports of apples, tomatoes from some Azerbaijani enterprises
Bosnian journalist talks parallel between genocides in Srebrenica and Azerbaijani Khojaly
Azerbaijan confirms 161 more COVID-19 recoveries
Approving FATF related bills in Iran's interest - Iranian President
No Mystery, Top American Pandemic Expert Lists 9 Govt Actions Behind Plummeting Covid Cases in India
Georgian VTB Bank to maintain adequate capitalization with RAC - S&P Global Ratings
Union of OIC News Agencies and ICD through THIQAH sign MoC to enhance cooperation in media field
Azerbaijan shares data on 2020 int'l cargo transportation by rail
Kazakhstan Railways opens tender for equipment repair
Georgian citizens can enter Turkey only if they have negative PCR test
Demand for notes of Azerbaijan's Central Bank surpasses supply
Moody’s says Azerbaijan’s economy to grow in 2021
Over 14 million Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in India: Government
India's women scientists breaking barriers in space exploration
Number of Mastercard products and operations increases in Azerbaijan
Crucial lessons to be learnt from Covid-19 outbreak
India's oil demand set to hit record high as recovery from Covid sets in
UK To Receive 10 Million AstraZeneca Covid Vaccine Doses From India: Report
Iran expects the US to take serious steps toward JCPOA
Biden appoints Indian-American Maju Varghese as Director of White House Military Office
India to invest $82 billion in port projects by 2035: PM Modi
Zarif announces mechanism of returning Iran's funds blocked in S.Korea
Indian Air Force arrives for participation in 70th SLAF Anniversary
Former Nepal PM thanks India for COVID-19 vaccines
India to deliver 1,000 metric tonnes rice, 1 lakh HCQ tablets to drought-hit Madagascar
Kazakhstan boosts locally-made goods export to Belgium
Development Bank of Kazakhstan expands support for renewable energy projects
Iran shares data on loaded and unloaded cargo at Noshahr port
Iran's Bandar Abbas Company attaches importance to domestic production of spare parts
Uzbekistan approves introduction of gender-responsive regulatory impact assessment system
Parliamentarians in some countries put their interests above ensuring peace - Azerbaijan's MFA
New OPEC+ deal likely to be more on Saudi terms
Iran's Bandar Abbas Oil Refining Company talks implementation of project
Turkmenistan resumes operation of number of trade facilities
Enterprises of Russian Bryansk region may start exporting goods to Azerbaijan
Iran's Expediency Council to choose one of several proposals on joining CFT, Palermo Conventions
Kazakhstan reports decrease in cargo transshipment via seaports in 2020
Iranian Home Appliance Industry Association discusses domestic production
Iranian energy minister talks expenses in water and electricity sectors
Azerbaijani Oil Fund discloses incomes from selling condensate from Shah Deniz field
Turkmen enterprise talks depth of rock penetrations carried out
Uzbekneftegaz attracts foreign companies to implement gas projects over 2020-2025
Kazakhstan looks to limit interest on microcredits
Volume of cashless transactions in Azerbaijan growing
Deutsche Bank AG talks cooperation with Turkmenistan amid COVID-19
Footage from Azerbaijani Zangilan district's Beshdali village (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Iran`s Expediency Council asks gov't to play major role in reconstruction of Azerbaijan's Karabakh
All news