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The text has been criticized for the lack of specifics and deadlines regarding the dismantlement of the North Korean nuclear programme.

Diplomats say they expect Pompeo to stress the need to maintain pressure on North Korea during his briefing on Friday. This raises another delicate issue to be negotiated: how much the USA would pay the North for this access.

"I think in the next couple weeks we'll have the first remains returned".

Before the Singapore summit, the Trump administration said denuclearisation should start "without delay" and after the meeting, it spoke of the process beginning "very quickly". There is no rush, the sanctions remain!

China, its biggest trading partner, enforced sanctions strictly in the second half of 2017, hurting North Korea's manufacturing sector.

On June 12, US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held summit in Singapore and discussed denuclearization of North Korea and removal of American sanctions against Pyongyang.

It was the first time in nine years that US and North Korean generals held talks.

Since then, he has actively reached out to the outside world, meeting with leaders of its foe countries, such as Moon Jae-in, South Korean president, and the U.S. President Donald Trump, as well as Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, the presidents of North Korea's long-time supporters China and Russian Federation.

Broadcaster Voice Of America reported Tuesday that an expert panel under the United Nations sanctions committee found that North Korea shipped coal to the Russian port of Kholmsk on Sakhalin Island. six times between July and September 2017.

Trump also tweeted on Wednesday that his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels last week was an "acknowledged triumph", adding that his one-on-one with Putin "may prove to be, in the long run, an even greater success". North Korea has accused South Korea of kidnapping them, while South Korea says they chose to resettle on their own will.

"The Putin is involved in sense that Trump is with us", told by Mr Trump.

But Seoul made it clear that the word "entities" refers to organizations, and that Washington never raised related concerns to the South Korean government.

The South Korean government has generally refrained from openly criticizing the North's government during talks: On Friday, South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon praised Kim as a North Korean leader who finally cared about the "livelihoods of people".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, and Kim Yong Chol, a North Korean senior ruling party official and former intelligence chief, meet in Pyongyang, North Korea, July 7, 2018.