Pompeo promises North Korea future 'brimming with prosperity' if it denuclearises

Laverne Mann
May 12, 2018

He said he told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un of that hope during his brief visit to Pyongyang earlier this week, during which he finalised details of the upcoming June 12 summit between Mr Kim and President Donald Trump and secured the release of three Americans imprisoned in the country.

"We are bewildered by the incessant calls of the United States and their allies 'to continue to increase pressure on North Korea" even while Pyongyang shows readiness for a constructive dialogue on the Korean crisis settlement", the ministry said in a statement.

US will help the DPRK to address economic problems if the government will completely abandon nuclear weapons. Abe also said that global sanctions should stay in place against North Korea and any rewards must wait until Kim fully abandons his nuclear and missile programs, AP reports.

North Korea's former spy chief Kim Yong Chul, director of the country's United Front Department, boasted in a toast to Pompeo over lunch in Pyongyang on Wednesday that North Korea had "perfected" it nuclear capability.

Pompeo didn't go into details, but he suggested the US could help the North Korean economy if it were no longer a nuclear threat.

"We had good conversations about the histories of our two nations", he added."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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He made the announcement at a joint news conference with South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha.

But South Korea's President Moon reached out to the North, reopening direct talks, and when Kim invited Trump to a summit to discuss disarmament the mood changed.

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

He described his conversations with Kim as "warm" and said both had tried "our best to make sure that we were communicating clearly and had shared understanding about what our mutual objectives were".

Abe said he is open to holding talks with Kim only when that would lead to a settlement of the abduction issue.

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

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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