Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Pompeo: US will help make NKorea rich if it disarms

Pompeo: US will help make NKorea rich if it disarms

With US help, those countries recovered from the devastation of conflict.

"The key is for the North Korean leader to decide", Abe told the Fuji Television network.

The secretary of State's trip was also used to lay the groundwork for President TrumpDonald John TrumpPruitt dined with Cardinal accused of sexual abuse: report Kelly: No consideration on leaving White House despite "times of great frustration" Kelly: Trump "embarrassed" by Russian Federation probe MORE's expected meeting with Kim, which is scheduled for next month in Singapore.

In spite of an easing of tensions and a return to dialogue in recent months, North Korea has given no indication that it is willing to go beyond statements of broad support the for concept of denuclearization and unilaterally abandon a nuclear weapons program its ruling family has seen as crucial to its survival.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in this May 9, 2018, photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang on May 10, 2018.

She said the USA troop presence in the South for the past 65 years plays a "crucial role for deterrence", peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.

"I really think we have a very good chance of doing something very meaningful", Trump said.

"New claims have been made on how the North Korean workers escaped and arrived in South Korea and whether they were acting on their free will", Baik said.

Until then, however, the worldwide sanctions will remain in place, Foreign Minister Kang said. South Korea's liberal government, elected previous year, has reached out to North Korea in recent months in attempting to settle the worldwide standoff over Kim's nuclear program.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha stressed that sanctions against Pyongyang would not be lifted until it had taken concrete steps to denuclearise. The president said on Wednesday that he expects to announce a date and location for the summit within days and that he had ruled out the Korea Peninsula's Demilitarized Zone.

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

"The United States and the Republic of Korea are committed to achieving the permanent, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", Pompeo said during the joint press conference. North Korea often makes extreme claims about defectors, accusing the South of kidnapping them or describing them as fleeing after committing weird crimes.

But Pompeo said he believes he's reached an understanding with Kim about what's on the table for negotiation. "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 can achieve the same with respect to North Korea".

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