Pompeo says no timeline on North Korea negotiations


North Korea chose to call off its annual "anti-US imperialism" rally for this year, according to a report from The Associated Press.

In this photo provided by South Korea Defense Ministry, North Korean army Col. Om Chang Nam, right, shakes hands with his South Korean counterpart Col. Cho Yong-geun during a meeting at the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine office in Paju, South Korea, Monday, June 25, 2018.

Trump and Kim spent each spent three days in Singapore for the June 12 summit where the two pledged to work on ending North Korea's nuclear programme and improve ties. The North even issued special anti-U.S. postage stamps.

But while both work to achieve the vague language of Kim's promise to "completely denuclearise the Korean peninsula", America's top United States diplomat refused to put a timeline on negotiations with North Korea contradicting a senior defence official who said Washington would soon present a timeline to North Korea with "specific asks".

North Korea's state-run media is broadcasting the message of relaxed tensions across the country.

Footage also showed Kim casually smoking a cigarette as he chatted with diplomats at the North Korean Embassy in Beijing. "We hope that we will have an ongoing process of making progress".

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Analysts say the rare omission of the USA in North Korean media coverage of the anniversary may be part of the regime's efforts to maintain the current diplomatic momentum.

Referring to Trump's decision to suspend joint military exercises with South Korea, Pompeo told CNN this move would last "only so long as there is a good faith negotiation progress, productive results being achieved".

North Korea's change in tone and messaging remains nuanced though.

"There will be specific asks and there will be a specific timeline when we present the North Koreans with our concept of what implementation of the summit agreement looks like", the official reportedly said.

"The large, joint, combined exercises have been suspended".

The president has also praised his North Korean counterpart after their historic face-to-face meeting earlier this month. North Korean media said Chinese President Xi Jinping and Kim reached an understanding on the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula after discussing the outcome of the U.S. The state department has since said it has no travel plans to announce.