Pompeo to meet senior N.Korean official

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-South Korean drills in the wake of his landmark summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore in June.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (2nd R) greets North Korea's director of the United Front Department, Kim Yong Chol (2nd L) as they arrive for a meeting at the Park Hwa Guest House in Pyongyang on July 6, 2018.

North Korea warned on Friday that it could restart development of its nuclear program if the United States does not drop its campaign of "maximum pressure" and sanctions.

Pompeo told CBS's Face the Nation he expected "real progress" during talks with his North Korean counterpart, Kim Yong Chol, when they meet at the end of the week in NY.

Hours after the statement was released, satellite imagery seen by 38 North suggested that North Korea is continuing uranium mining and milling operations at one of the country's largest declared uranium ore concentrate facilities. Pompeo, interviewed on television's "Fox News Sunday", said the Trump administration wants a full, verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, adding that Trump insisted on "no economic relief until we have achieved our ultimate objective".

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"North Korean leader intends to prove that the DPRK will decide independently with whom his country to be friends and what global document was signed, noted, in particular, he said".

The ministry described the lifting of US-led sanctions as corresponding action to the North's "proactive and goodwill measures", apparently referring to its unilateral suspension of nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests and closure of a nuclear testing ground.

"I'm not anxious about that", the top USA diplomat said Sunday. There have been no nuclear test. After the North opened a tourist zone at the scenic area in 1998, some two million South Koreans visited until the fatal shooting, which prompted Seoul to impose a travel ban. The exact date and place of the meeting of the leaders of the United Kingdom and Russian President Vladimir Putin is not reported.

The conclusion comes from interviews the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies at Seoul National University conducted with 87 defectors who fled the North last year and this year.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, meanwhile, has forged ahead with efforts to engage with North Korea in recent months, raising USA concerns that Seoul could weaken pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.