US Secretary of State Returns to North Korea for Nuclear Talks
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to the North Korean capital of Pyongyang on Thursday.
The top American diplomat is expected to meet with officials there until Saturday. President Donald Trump's administration announced the trip this week.
A U.S. delegation, led by U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, met with North Korean officials on Sunday in the truce village of Panmunjom. It marked the first known meeting between U.S. and North Korean officials since Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore.
Speaking on national television on Sunday, national security adviser John Bolton spoke about the idea of denuclearization for the North. He said North Korea's weapons program could largely be ended in a year.
Officials say North Korea still developing weapons
The diplomatic efforts come as American intelligence officials have stated that North Korea is still processing nuclear fuel and expanding its weapons programs.
Bruce Klingner is with the Heritage Foundation, a research group in Washington, D.C. He said satellite images show that North Korea has expanded a nuclear center and a missile production center. He said North Korea is increasing its production of nuclear materials at both secret and known centers.
Klingner said the U.S. must learn from past mistakes.
David Schmerler is a researcher at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California. He told VOA that North Korea appears to be finishing a factory that is known for making parts for solid-fuel missiles.
In other news reports, American intelligence officials have said the North is seeking to mislead the United States about how many weapons it has.
Before Trump and Kim met in Singapore, North Korea destroyed parts of its Punggye-ri nuclear test area. That is where all six of North Korea's nuclear tests had been carried out.
North Korea invited reporters from several countries -- including the United States, South Korea, China, Russia and Britain -- to record the event.
However, a North Korean research website called 38 North says satellite images show that the headquarters and other building remain in place.
Stephen Noerper is a director with the Korea Society. He told VOA it is still "early in the process."
"It will be a very long path ahead that will be complicated and will require numerous meetings."
Noerper added that North Korea has made a commitment to denuclearize before the whole international community. However, there is still no signed agreement on how that will be carried out.
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2.national security 国家安全
The government says the detentions are necessary on national security grounds.
3.nuclear fuel 核燃料
When nuclear fuel is manufactured it is encased in metal cans.
4.remain in place 仍然有效；保持原状
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5.Noerper added that North Korea has made a commitment to denuclearize before the whole international community.
made a commitment 做出...的承诺
We made a commitment to keep working together.
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6.However, there is still no signed agreement on how that will be carried out.
carried out 实施
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Forensic experts carried out a painstaking search of the debris.
周日，由美国驻菲律宾大使金成（Sung Kim）率领的代表团在板门店休战村会见了朝鲜官员。这是自特朗普与朝鲜领导人金正恩于6月12日在新加坡会晤以来，美朝官员之间已知的首次会晤 。
周日，国家安全顾问约翰·博尔顿（John Bolton）在国家电视台发表讲话时谈到了朝鲜无核化的想法。他说，朝鲜的武器计划很可能会在一年内结束 。
布鲁斯·克林纳（Bruce Klingner）供职于美国传统基金会（Heritage Foundation），这是一家位于华盛顿特区的研究组织。他说，据卫星图像显示，朝鲜扩建了核中心和导弹制造中心 。他说，朝鲜正在隐秘和已知的核中心加大核材料的生产 。
戴维·施莫勒（David Schmerler）是加州蒙特雷国际研究所的研究员。他告诉美国之音，朝鲜似乎即将落成一家以生产固体燃料导弹零件而闻名的工厂 。
斯蒂芬·诺尔波（Stephen Noerper）是朝鲜协会的负责人。他对美国之音表示，现在仍处于进程的早期阶段 。