"And they blew up sites where they test and do the testing", the president said. They're blowing it up. "North Korea has already finished developing (the) Baekdu Engine, so there would be no problem running ICBM missile programs even if they close down the Sohae site". "The big thing is the denuclearization".
Western tour operators said North Korea has scrapped anti-American souvenirs once sold on the North Korean side of the Demilitarized Zone following Kim Jong Un's summit with U.S. President Donald Trump last week, Reuters reported.
He added that, "it's the very front end of a process". The details, including a timeline for North Korea to give up its nukes and an inspection process to verify it, still need to be negotiated. I wouldn't expect that at this point.' he told reporters.
Mattis was sat next to Trump at Thursday's Cabinet meeting.
The two leaders posed for the cameras along with their wives Ri Sol-ju and Peng Liyuan, before the North Koreans left for Pyongyang on Wednesday afternoon.
There had been contact with North Korean officials since the summit, the U.S. State Department said. If not, verification will have to rely on DNA analysis according to very strict protocols observed by the USA military for missing soldiers.
The Korean War, still technically unresolved, lasted from the summer of 1950 to the summer of 1953, and resulted in the death of over 36,000 US troops.
5 of 9 North Korean soldiers stand guard at the truce village at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) which separates the two Koreas in Panmunjom, North Korea, Wednesday, June 20, 2018.
"This is the first time I have met someone with the same kind of guts", Kim reportedly said of Pompeo.
Xi Jinping has told Kim Jong Un that he hopes the outcome of his historic meeting with Donald Trump last week can be implemented, in a coded message of support for denuclear-isation. The bloody battles finished with a stalemate and a 1953 armistice that resulted in the division of Korea into the North and South.
The official media of both countries did not say whether Kim and Xi discussed the prospect of easing United Nations sanctions that have crippled North Korea's economy, though analysts said it could have been part of the agenda.
The remains of some USA soldiers were last returned in 2007, when then-New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson visited Pyongyang.
The president last week said the USA would pause its joint exercises with South Korea while it partakes in the ongoing discussions over North Korea's nuclear program.
"South Korea probably knows North Korea better than anybody" due to proximity and "all that painful history", she said, adding: "We will bring all that experience and lessons learned to the table, to move the agenda forward".
North Korea typically holds mass rallies to promote anti-U.S. sentiment and also releases new stamps on June 25 marking the beginning of "Struggle Against US Imperialism Month", which lasts until July 27.