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U.S., DPRK agree to set up working groups to verify denuclearization

All national dailies wrote on Sunday that Secretary Pompeo and Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol of the Workers’ Party of Korea agreed at their talks in Pyongyang to set up multiple working groups tasked with the verification of the denuclearization process and other issues. Mainichi conjectured that the DPRK may insist that such issues as security assurances and economic assistance be discussed before the verification of denuclearization.


Yomiuri wrote that State Department Spokesperson Nauert told reporters on Saturday that the Secretary had been “very firm” on three basic goals: the complete denuclearization of North Korea, regime guarantee, and the repatriation of U.S. remains from the 1950-53 Korean War. The paper added, though, that it is not yet known to what extent the DPRK disclosed information about its nuclear facilities at its latest talks with the United States.

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