Some US officials were deeply skeptical.

[…] “There is nothing the North has offered so far that would constitute irreversible movement toward denuclearization, however you define that, by January 2021 or any other time, or even a reduction of the military threat it poses to the South and the region,” said a US intelligence official.

And even if North Korea shuts down Yongbyon, many in the US intelligence community suspect the country has other hidden nuclear facilities.

“I'm calm, I'm calm – so we'll see what happens,” Trump told reporters.

One thing is clear: While Trump can credibly claim the detente as a major foreign policy victory – Pompeo's ambitious agenda could influence the US to make unreasonable concessions to clinch a political win before the 2020 vote.

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