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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to North Korea this week, the White House says. The top US diplomat will fly to Pyongyang on July 5 to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his team, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Monday. It will be his third known trip to North Korea as the US continues to push for a deal that will dismantle Pyongyang's nuclear program, potentially reducing tensions on the peninsula and recasting the geopolitical landscape of East Asia following the June 12 Singapore summit between Kim and President Donald Trump. A team of US officials led by envoy Sung Kim met with North Korean officials Sunday at Panmunjom, the border village between North and South Korea in the demilitarized zone, in the first face-to-face conversations between the two countries since the summit last month, according to senior State Department officials. During his trip, Pompeo will "continue consultations and implement the forward progress made by President Trump and Chairman Kim in Singapore," according to the State Department. Pompeo calls reporter's question 'insulting' 02:41 The news comes amid a flurry of new questions over Kim's commitment to denuclearize as leaked reports from US intelligence officials and analysis of open source satellite imagery appear to cast doubt on North Korea's willingness to abandon its nuclear weapons program. On Monday, CNN reported that the Defense Intelligence Agency believes Kim has no intention of engaging in a full denuclearization program, at least for now, according to an administration official familiar with the agency's finding. A second official told CNN the Trump administration plans to present the North Koreans with a detailed list of tasks they must undertake to begin a denuclearization process. The Washington Post earlier reported on US intelligence officials' doubt that North Korea intends to fully surrender its nuclear stockpile. Sanders would not comment on the reports when asked about them on Monday, saying only, "We aren't going to confirm or deny any intelligence reports." Asked specifically whether Trump still trusts Kim, Sanders again wouldn't say. "We see progress and momentum in the process and we've had good conversations as recently as yesterday and we're going to continue those conversations and push forward," she said.
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The classic tour provides four different products, from a five-day to a 15-day tour program, with prices starting at 58,902 rubles (USD$995). Customers purchasing the special tour program, however, get more options, with 18 tour packages varying from four to 12 days with prices starting at 51,220 rubles (around USD$866). The most expensive tour is a 15-day “full immersion in the culture of North Korea” trip, for which prices start at 118,090 rubles (USD$1,997) The travel agency says it provides a product which is “completely ‘tailored’ to the budget and the wishes of the customer.” NKOREA also has an extensive social media presence, and is headquartered at the Omega Plaza Business Center in Moscow. The launch of the new tour company comes as Moscow and Pyongyang enhance bilateral cooperation in the tourism industry. In early August, the Russian embassy in Pyongyang announced that North Koreans and citizens from 17 other countries can now visit Russia’s Far East area using a free electronic visa , with tests for the registration of e-visas having been available on the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs since August 1. The DPRK’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) also reported on May 17 that North Korea had begun operation of a ferry route between the country’s Rason port and Vladivostok . KCNA reported that the “Rajin-Vladivostok international tourist liner Mangyongbong would be operated by common efforts.” A new travel agency specializing in tours to North Korea was officially launched on Thursday, at a news conference held in Moscow. The President of Russia’s Travel Agencies Union Sergey Golov and Kim Sung Hoon from the North Korean embassy in Russia attended the announcement of the launch of NKOREAN. “I hope that the NKOREAN company Join the influential community of members who rely on NK News original news and in-depth reporting. Subscribe to read the remaining 577 words of this article. Get North Korea headlines delivered to your inbox daily Subscribe to the NK News 'Daily Update' and get links to must-read stories each morning Dagyum Ji is a senior NK News correspondent based in Seoul.
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