United States offers to help N. Korea's economy if it 'quickly' denuclearizes

Calvin Saunders
May 15, 2018

But it is worth noting that he is also following his long-stated plan - first turning North Korea into a nuclear state to ensure its security and now focusing on improving its economy.

"We're prepared to open trade and investment as soon as we can", John Bolton, Trump's national security adviser, said on ABC's "This Week". "And we will see what happens going forward between now and June 12".

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Pompeo added that the USA "will have to provide security assurances" to Kim as well.

"You hit singles, you hit doubles; every once in a while we may be able to hit a home run", President Barack Obama said of his own foreign policy.

Bolton said the United States is pursuing a standard of "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization" heading into negotiations.

Kim Dong-chul, in his 60s and former resident of Virginia, was living in China and working in a special economic zone in the North Korea for a hotel services company when was detained in October 2015.

The Southeast Asia city-state has long acted as a bridge between the United States and China, with successive prime ministers offering Oval Office occupants their cherished geopolitical counsel.

Trump and Xi agreed on the importance of maintaining sanctions on Pyongyang until it permanently dismantles its nuclear and missile programs, the White House said. The discussion of whether the troops should leave or not is advised to take place only between the president of South Korea and Trump. "They need enormous amounts of electricity in North Korea".

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When he was asked about how he was treated by the North Korean regime, Kim replied, "We were treated in many different ways". It has provided an unprecedented window into every nook and cranny of the Iranian nuclear program; divested Iran of its stocks of highly enriched uranium that can be easily made into fuel for bombs; and halted Iran's steady progress toward nuclear weapons for at least a decade.

"North Korea's diplomacy has always been a repeat of hardline and appeasement", Thae said.

In North Korea's bombastic rhetoric, "denuclearization" has, for years, been a byword for USA troop withdrawals from South Korea.

Trump has also played the disruptor's role in recent weeks and months by withdrawing the US from the Iran nuclear deal, imposing sweeping tariffs on allies and announcing he's moving the USA embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, which is claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians.

South Korean groups perform during a rehearsal in Pyongyang, North Korea, April 1, 2018. "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". Both sides say they hope for a breakthrough.

The praise Trump showered on the "excellent" Kim, who has conducted six nuclear tests, contrasted with the vitriol he poured on Iran which by all accounts (including those of U.S. administration officials) had been sticking to the deal it struck with major powers in 2015 to keep its nuclear activities peaceful and small-scale. He said he last heard in 2016 that his father was still alive.

"This is the key test", said Gardner. Everything that Kim Jong-un has said or done reinforces the impression he sees the creation of a nuclear arsenal, a project he declared complete at the beginning of the year, as the cornerstone of his dynasty's survival.

Since the foundation of North Korea in 1948, the country has endured war and struggled to balance rival Soviet and Chinese spheres of influence.

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