Saturday, 26 May, 2018


Pompeo: US to help North Korea economy if it gives up nuke

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Patty Aguilar | 15 May, 2018, 11:40

The Trump administration is planning a first-ever meeting between a sitting US president and a leader of North Korea for June 12 in Singapore.

"If North Korea takes bold action to quickly denuclearise, the United States is prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on the par with our South Korean friends", Mr Pompeo told a news conference after talks with his South Korean counterpart in Washington.

However, his comments made clear that the two sides remained far apart on the key issue of what they mean by denuclearisation.

But he added: "I'm confident that we have a shared understanding of the outcome that the leaders want - certainly President Trump and chairman Kim, but I think president Moon as well".

"We had good conversations, substantive conversations".

Pompeo said there would need to be "complete" and "verifiable" denuclearization that would remove North Korea as a threat to the South, the United States and the rest of the world.

"I hope that President Trump will firmly negotiate with North Korea on behalf of the global community", Kono added, expressing his expectation that progress will be made on the nuclear and missile issue at the anticipated summit.

In announcing the plan to shut Punggye-ri last month, Kim said North Korea no longer needed to conduct tests because it had completed its goal of developing nuclear weapons.

He said its policy was now "to concentrate all efforts into economic progress", but stressed that this had nothing to do with global sanctions imposed on the country.

The Japanese government is making arrangements for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to meet US President Donald Trump ahead of a landmark US-North Korea summit in Singapore on June 12, government sources said Friday. "We are not going to do this in small increments, where the world is essentially coerced into relieving economic pressure", Pompeo said.

He said he had had good conversations with Kim, who he found to be a focused and rational interlocutor.

Japan, China and South Korea agreed in a trilateral leaders' summit on Wednesday in Tokyo that they will work toward the peninsula's denuclearisation in a rare show of unity. "We talked about the fact that America has often in history had adversaries who we are now close partners with and our hope that we could achieve the same with respect to North Korea".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha in Washington.

The chief US diplomat is also on a mission, hoping to secure the release of three Americans detained by Pyongyang.

As of now, only one day has been kept for the meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-un, he said, adding that planning was still in progress. Mr Ernie Bower, chief executive of consultancy BowerGroupAsia, said: "Singapore is the ideal spot for the Trump-Kim summit because it underlines Asean's centrality at the core of developing Indo-Pacific architecture to promote peace and security".

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