Offbeat Pompeo: U.S. to help North Korea economy if it gives up nukes

22:55  11 may  2018
22:55  11 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered economic help Friday to impoverished North Korea if it gives up its nuclear weapons, as the two countries prepare for an historic summit between President Donald Trump and leader Kim Jong Un.

Pompeo , who first traveled to North Korea as CIA chief in early April, is only “Plans are being made, relationships are building, hopefully a deal will happen and with the help of China, South Korea and According to South Korea , Kim says he’ s willing to give up his nukes if the United States commits to

Mike Pompeo. © AP Photo/Alex Brandon Mike Pompeo.

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered economic help Friday to impoverished North Korea if it gives up its nuclear weapons, as the two countries prepare for an historic summit between President Donald Trump and leader Kim Jong Un.

A day after returning from a trip to Pyongyang, Pompeo said he had "good" and "substantive" conversations with Kim during his visit, in which he secured the release of three Americans who had been detained in North Korea. In a joint news conference with South Korea's top diplomat, he offered a glimpse of what U.S.-North Korean relations could look like if they succeed in reaching a nuclear accord.

As Trump visits State Department, Pompeo says N.Korea must denuclearize

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Pompeo , who first traveled to North Korea as CIA chief in early April, is only the second sitting secretary of state to visit the According to South Korea , Kim says he' s willing to give up his nukes if the United States commits to a formal end to the Korean War and pledges not to attack the North .

Pompeo , who first traveled to North Korea as CIA chief in early April, is only “Plans are being made, relationships are building, hopefully a deal will happen and with the help of China, South Korea and According to South Korea , Kim says he’ s willing to give up his nukes if the United States commits to

"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," Pompeo said.

Since Trump announced plans to hold a summit with Kim, questions have been raised continually about whether the two leaders have the same objective in mind when they speak about "denuclearization." To the U.S., that means the North giving up the nuclear weapons it has already built. But North Korea has said it's willing to talk now because it's already succeeded in becoming a nuclear-armed state, fueling skepticism that the North would truly being willing to give those weapons up.

Pompeo said there would need to be "complete" and "verifiable" denuclearization, suggesting it would involve inspections to ensure the North's compliance.

A look at the 3 Americans released by North Korea

  A look at the 3 Americans released by North Korea <p>U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has left North Korea with three American detainees who were released ahead of an upcoming meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.</p>Here's look at the three Americans, who were held by North Korea for alleged subversion, espionage and other unspecified hostile acts:

Pompeo , who first traveled to North Korea as CIA chief in early April, is only the second sitting secretary of state to visit the According to South Korea , Kim says he' s willing to give up his nukes if the United States commits to a formal end to the Korean War and pledges not to attack the North .

Pompeo in North Korea to finalize plans for a historic summit between Trump and Kim, press for Americans' release. According to South Korea , Kim says he' s willing to give up his nukes if the United States commits to a formal end to the Korean War and pledges not to attack the North .

"I think there is complete agreement about what the ultimate objectives are," Pompeo said, though he declined to offer more detail.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha praised the upcoming meeting between Trump and Kim as an "historic" opportunity, but added a few notes of skepticism as well. Amid concerns that North Korea will demand the U.S. withdraw its troops from neighboring South Korea, Kang emphasized that the U.S. military presence there must be "a matter for the U.S.-ROK alliance first and foremost," using an acronym for South Korea's official name, the Republic of Korea.

She said the U.S. troop presence in the South for the past 65 years plays a "crucial role for deterrence," peace and stability on the Korean peninsula. Therefore, she said, any change in the size of the U.S. forces in the South Korea should not be on the table at the summit.

"The next few weeks will be critical, requiring air-tight coordination between our two countries," Kang said.

U.S. demanded N.Korea ship some nuclear warheads, ICBM abroad within 6 mths-media .
The United Stated has demanded North Korea ship some nuclear warheads, an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and other nuclear material overseas within six months, the Asahi newspaper said on Thursday, citing several sources familiar with North Korean issues. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also appeared to have told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, when they met earlier this month, that Washington might remove Pyongyang from a list of state sponsors of terrorism if the North ships out those nuclear items, the Asahi said.

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