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The Gyeongui line was separated in 1945 at the end of World War II, when the peninsula was liberated from Japanese colonial rule but also divided between a US -controlled southern side and a Soviet-controlled north.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is confident that North Korea fully understands the scope of the American desire for complete denuclearisation.

"The North's nuclear cadre can be expected to proceed with business as usual until specific orders are issued from Pyongyang", the authors of the report said. "I don't think there's any doubt about that".

Pompeo also said he had seen "a modest amount" of backsliding from China on enforcing sanctions on North Korea.

Washington had cancelled joint drills with Seoul, scheduled in August, following a historic summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump in Singapore after Pyongyang had committed to denuclearization in exchange for security guarantees from the US.

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In an apparent sign of goodwill before the Trump-Kim summit, North Korea in May claimed it demolished a separate nuclear test site at Punggye-ri, which sits in a sparsely populated mountainous region in the country's northeast.

But Harris has since toned down his rhetoric in cue with the Trump administration's engagement with the North on denuclearization talks.

Pompeo said he would be leading the ongoing talks with Pyongyang, but declined to discuss details.

The Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center is located about 60 miles north of the country's capital and is a core part of its nuclear weapons program. "There is little indication that North Korea has halted research, development, or production of nuclear systems even as talks continue", he added.

"What is needed now is sustained and direct negotiations between the two sides on a framework for phased steps on denuclearization, as well as concrete steps toward a peace regime on the Korean peninsula", according to Kingston Reif, director for disarmament and threat reduction policy at the Arms Control Association. "We're ready to write a new chapter between our nations", Trump said at a news conference following the summit.

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