Pompeo: US will help North Korea achieve prosperity in return for disarming

Mikhail Klimentyev  Press Service of the Russian President  TASS

Mikhail Klimentyev Press Service of the Russian President TASS

U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo has offered economic help to impoverished North Korea if it gives up its nuclear weapons, as the two countries prepare for an historic summit between Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday that it couldn't understand the United States appeals to increase pressure on North Korea amid the latter's readiness for a dialogue. The location of the upcoming meeting was revealed hours after three American prisoners were released by North Korea and came back to the United States.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's vow came as senior USA officials expressed growing optimism ahead of the landmark June 12 summit between Kim and President Donald Trump.

He was speaking after talks with his South Korean opposite number Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha to coordinate Washington and Seoul's preparations for the historic encounter.

Mr Pompeo said there would need to be "complete" and "verifiable" denuclearisation that would remove North Korea as a threat to the South, the United States and the rest of the world. He said past efforts to denuclearize North Korea had failed because of hasty rewards and the same mistakes should not be repeated.

Pompeo said the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula would however require "robust verification" program by the United States and other countries.

North Korea has long seen its nuclear program as key to its survival, and it's not certain how honest Kim Jong-un is about giving up his nuclear arsenal.

Therefore, she added, any change in the size of the U.S. forces in the South Korea should not be on the table at the summit.

"If Chairman Kim chooses the right path, there is a future brimming with peace and prosperity for the North Korean people", he said. "Conversations that involved deep complex problems, challenges; the strategic decision that Chairman Kim has before him about how it is he wishes to proceed and if he is prepared, in exchange for the assurances we are ready to provide to him, if he is prepared to fully denuclearise".

"I think that we have a shared vision for what we hope".

Abe said he is open to holding talks with Kim only when that would lead to a settlement of the abduction issue. "We're very clear that the sanctions remain in place until and unless we see visible meaningful action taken by North Korea on the denuclearization track".

US officials had called for North Korea to take bold actions and concrete steps toward denuclearization.

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