Pompeo corrects Trump, says North Korea is a nuclear threat

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"North Korea is not obligated to any specific actions as of yet, but (these images) certainly underscore the importance of continuing negotiations, and getting a detailed agreement in place to freeze North Korea's nuclear program", said Jenny Town, managing editor at 38 North, in emailed comments. It noted "continued operations" at the North's uranium enrichment plant and several new installations at the site - including an engineering office and a driveway to a building housing a nuclear reactor.

That's despite President Donald Trump's assertion that North Korea has either turned some remains over or is in the process of doing so following his summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore earlier this month.

Still, the monitoring group conceded in its research paper that the ongoing improvements to the Yongbyon facility should not necessarily be seen as having any direct relationship to North Korea's recent pledge to denuclearize.

Pompeo also confirmed North Korea has yet to return the remains of any of the fallen US service members who died in the country during the Korean War, despite the President saying last week that transfers were underway.

Details are expected to be hashed out in follow-up negotiations led on the US side by Pompeo.

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Trump and Kim met in Singapore on June 12.

China has been a critical player in that effort, and remains so, according to Pompeo.

"North Korea has had a decade-long nuclear testing sequence where they have presumably learned a lot about designs", he told CNN.

Ultimately, 38 North's analysis of these images provides a realistic look at the current state of North Korea's nuclear program amid talks with the U.S. and the challenges facing negotiators tasked with achieving denuclearization - a process for which Pompeo has refused to offer a timeline.

He said the best way to repay the veterans is to build a Korean Peninsula of peace, stressing that peace is the way to truly honor the fallen heroes. "We're ready to write a new chapter between our nations", Trump said at a news conference following the summit.