USA may help North Korean economy in possible nuclear disarmament deal

Kono Japan Not to Demand System Change if N. Korea Abandons Nuclear Program

Kono Japan Not to Demand System Change if N. Korea Abandons Nuclear Program

Additionally, Pompeo noted that his talks with Kim Jong Un were "warm" and "constructive", as he promised the leader US economic help if North Korea indeed denuclearizes the peninsula.

"If North Korea takes bold action to quickly denuclearize, the United States is prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on the par with our South Korean friends", he said.

Speaking alongside South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha at the State Department, Pompeo said Friday he thinks the US and North Korea are largely on the same page in expectations for the June 12 encounter, which will see a sitting USA president meet the leader of North Korea for the first time.

He said his talks with Kim Jong Un had been "constructive", "warm" and "good".

Many observers have warned Kim's regime will try to drive a wedge between the allies as the summit approaches, playing Seoul's fear of war against Washington's nuclear concerns.

Of course, what that right path is varies according to interpretation and there are indications that North Korea and the USA are far apart on some issues, with the US insisting on a "robust verification program" that assures the regime carries out the agreement.

Kang says there must be "airtight" coordination between South Korea and the USA ahead of President Donald Trump's upcoming meeting with Kim.

And Pompeo said the United States would remain on board to help develop the North's economy, which has been devastated by its own mismanagement and crippling worldwide sanctions. It was Pompeo's first since becoming the head of the State Department.




Daily life in the two countries couldn't be more different.

To the USA, that means the North giving up the nuclear weapons it has already built. He brought home three American prisoners freed by Kim in what Pompeo said was an important gesture that helped pave the way for the meeting. He added that he told Kim that the US government was prepared to provide him with "assurances", without elaborating.

To accomplish that goal, he said it would involve a "robust verification program" that the US will undertake with partners around the world. "I'm assured we've a shared understanding of the result that the leaders need", Pompeo stated, "actually President Trump and Chairman Kim and I feel President Moon as effectively". "We know who we are dealing with here", said Victoria Coates, of the National Security Council.

Pompeo said that all three countries - the US, South Korea and North Korea - share the same vision for future of the Korean peninsula.

In a statement carried by state media, North Korea's Foreign Ministry said that all of the tunnels at the country's northeastern testing ground will be destroyed by explosion, and that observation and research facilities and ground-based guard units will also be removed. Of the three, Kim Dong Chul had been held the longest.

But, despite the optimism of that moment, all efforts to limit North Korea's nuclear program have so far failed.

In North Korea's bombastic rhetoric, "denuclearization" has, for years, been a by-word for U.S. troop withdrawals from South Korea and and an excuse for stalling.

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