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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Heads to North Korea Amid Evidence of Nuke Facility Upgrade; Interview with Representative Adam Kinzinger; Trump Completes Interviews with Candidates; Couple Exposed to Same Nerve Agent Used on Ex-Russian Spy; Weather Continues to be Biggest Worry in Rescuing Boys Trapped in Thai Cave; DNA Testing Being Done on Separated Kids and Parents; Aired 10-10:30a ET

Aired July 5, 2018 - 10:00   ET

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[10:00:00] DAVE BRIGGS, CNN ANCHOR: The big question this morning, can the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo get North Korea to commit to concrete plans to denuclearize? He is on his way to meet with Kim Jong-un right now. His third trip to North Korea. As one official tells CNN, some experts growing more skeptical that the regime is going to give up its nuclear stockpile.

CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN ANCHOR: CNN's Will Ripley, he has been to North Korea 18 times now. He is in Beijing this morning for us. Evening for him. He joins us now.

Will, bring us up to speed.

WILL RIPLEY, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: So Secretary Pompeo is on his way to Pyongyang. It's a trip that he has now made three times. Lots of hours in the air and then when he hits the ground, he has a huge task ahead of him. The pressure is really on to deliver on the kind of vague promises made in Singapore, the good vibes between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, because now the credibility of this summit kind of rests on what happens in Pyongyang, when the secretary is expected to sit down with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The U.S. is going to be asking for some things that may not be very attractive to the North Koreans, at least not in the short term. They want transparency about their highly secretive nuclear program. That means a full account of how many warheads North Korea has. No hidden warheads anywhere. The U.S. wants to know where all of them are and eventually they want all of them out.

They want to know where they're manufacturing missiles, where they're enriching plutonium and uranium, the kind of things that North Korea has kept so secret for so many decades. It's going to be a huge reversal in everything that North Korea has done thus far if Kim Jong- un agrees do that. And there's a lot of skepticism including in the U.S. intelligence community that, you know, reports out that essentially believe Kim Jong-un is not ready to denuclearize, at least not any time soon.

And Secretary Pompeo and President Trump and others in the administration not really responding or even downplaying those reports. But nonetheless, they have to be going in there knowing that this is going to be a huge challenge that lies ahead. And then, of course, the big question after this meeting, will there be a Trump-Kim round two? We talked about this a bit last week. Axios was reporting if things go well in Pyongyang, then perhaps an invitation could be extended for Kim Jong-un to fly to New York in September for another summit with President Trump. That would be the first time in history a North Korean leader has ever done that.

ROMANS: All right. Will Ripley, thanks for that from Beijing.

BRIGGS: Made for some fascinating optics.

Joining us now is Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois. He serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Good to see you, sir.

ROMANS: Good morning.

BRIGGS: How skeptical are you of Kim Jong-un's intentions to denuclearize?