Nuclear deal with North Korea 'may take some time': Pompeo

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U.S. -North Korea relations are "very good" and "the process is moving along", Trump added.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use "adversary" to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE said Tuesday that the US has no time limit for the agreement he signed with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un regarding denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Mr Trump said on Tuesday that talks with Pyongyang were going fine. We have - we're just going through the process.

By his "no time limit" statement, Trump seems to be making a U-turn on North Korean denuclearization, which the United States claims endangers its own security and that of its allies.

He has previously suggested he helped lay at least the groundwork for the summit between Trump and Kim in June.

After Pompeo's visit, North Korea accused his delegation of making "gangster-like" demands in connection with denuclearization.

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And he said Trump and Putin "seemed to be speaking from the same script" as Trump made a "conscious choice to defend a tyrant". Putin said that issue came up during their private meetings, but Trump did not discuss it during the press conference.

The president's latest comments on the timeline for denuclearisation appear to shift from his position ahead of the summit with Mr Kim, when he said denuclearisation should start "without delay". But some of those report's authors have cautioned against reading too much into the various analysis.

'I'm going to invite him next time I go to North Korea.

In June, he even defined a 'tangible' time limit to achieve "major" North Korean nuclear disarmament, saying that Washington hopes that the North would do it within the next 2.5 years. The two Korean countries are still technically at war, although Moon and Kim had pledged at the inter-Korean summit that they will sign a peace treaty to end the six-decade Korean War formally.

An analysis co-authored by a prominent nuclear expert and a respected Korea analyst at Stanford found that it could take as long as a decade to implement an agreement in which Pyongyang gives up its nuclear weapons.

The job for the United States now, he said, is "to get the entire country to understand that they have that strategically wrong. I was there. I saw it".

"We were also thinking about providing reciprocal measures", an unnamed spokesperson of North Korea's foreign ministry said at the time in a statement published by the official Korean Central News Agency.

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