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State Department refuses to set timeline for N.K. denuclearization

All Headlines 05:21 July 04, 2018

WASHINGTON, July 3 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. State Department on Tuesday refused to set a deadline for North Korea's denuclearization ahead of negotiations to be led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo later this week.

Pompeo is slated to travel to Pyongyang Thursday to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and flesh out a denuclearization agreement signed by Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump at their historic summit last month.

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said Sunday that he expects Pompeo to discuss with the North Koreans a plan to dismantle the nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs in a year.

"I know that some individuals have given timelines. We are not going to provide a timeline for that," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said at a regular press briefing.

"The secretary's looking forward to having his meetings. A lot of work is left to be done, certainly. We are going into this with eyes wide open and a very clear view," she added.

Pompeo's visit will last through Saturday. Depending on scheduling, "we have at least a day and half of meetings planned," the spokeswoman said.

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