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"We'll know pretty soon if they're going to operate in good faith or not", the anonymous official said, as recounted by Reuters.

In another sign of detente following the summit between leader Kim Jong-un and President Trump, North Korea has made a decision to skip one of the most symbolic and politically charged events of its calendar: the annual "anti-US imperialism" rally marking the start of the Korean War. United States recovery efforts in the country were halted in 2005 as tensions heightened between the two countries.

Analysts say the rare omission of the U.S. in North Korean media coverage of the anniversary may be part of the regime's efforts to maintain the current diplomatic momentum.

Kim's cancellation of the tradition follows President Trump's decision to halt war games with U.S. troops and the South Korean military while negotiations to denuclearize the North are ongoing.

In the past the rally has allowed North Korea to communicate its political message to the world, which has centred on grievances over U.S. policy in the region.

North Korean state media have shown many reports, photographs and videos of the recent meeting between the country's leader and the US president.

Singapore said on Sunday it spent Singaporean $16.3 million ($12 million) on the historic US-North Korea summit, adding it was less than initially anticipated after some in the city-state complained about the high cost.

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"There will be specific asks and there will be a specific timeline when we present the North Koreans with our concept of what implementation of the summit agreement looks like", the official said earlier this month.

Pompeo, who has been charged with leading negotiations aimed at persuading North Korea to give up a nuclear weapons program that threatens the United States, said he would "constantly reassess" whether enough progress was being made to continue talks. "We hope that we will have an ongoing process of making progress".

File image of U.S. president Donald Trump met Kim Jong-un in SIngapore.

Mattis, at the start of a week-long trip that includes stops in China, South Korea and Japan, said Trump's guidance on suspending military drills applied not just to the major Freedom Guardian exercise in August but also to two smaller Korean Marine Exchange Program training exercises.

In the joint statement, Kim "reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", but made no reference to a timeline, and going into the summit, Pyongyang repeatedly rejected unilateral nuclear disarmament.

"In North Korea, the separated families are the ones who are politically labeled as the family member of the ones who escaped to the South", said Ahn Chan-il.

Less than two weeks after the summit, Pompeo suggested it was too soon to expect a detailed roadmap after 40 years of tensions between the two countries.

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