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

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


The United States promised Friday that it would work to rebuild North Korea's sanctions-crippled economy if Kim Jong Un's regime agrees to surrender its nuclear arsenal.

While denying there will be any provision of economic support to North Korea for the time being, Abe said Japan would have to share with the global community the cost of nuclear inspections by the worldwide Atomic Energy Agency in North Korea.

At the weekend, Pompeo flew to Pyongyang for a second round of talks and to recover three released American detainees, and now a summit date has been set for June 12 in Singapore.

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

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.

"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".

"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. He said past efforts to denuclearize North Korea had failed because of hasty rewards and the same mistakes should not be repeated.

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.

Since Mr Trump announced plans to hold a summit with Mr Kim, questions have been raised continually about whether the two leaders have the same objective in mind when they speak about "denuclearisation". "Those words are important, but we'll see what they mean".

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

Japan says North Korea abducted at least 17 Japanese citizens in the 1970s and 1980s to train agents in Japanese culture and language to spy on South Korea.

He said a massive inspection and monitoring regime would be required to ensure the North's compliance.

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

  • Terrell Bush