May 24, 2018

Mike Pompeo: US Will Help Make North Korea Rich If It Disarms

12 May 2018, 11:25 | Marta Robbins

Mike Pompeo: US Will Help Make North Korea Rich If It Disarms

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WASHINGTON-North Korea can look forward to "a future brimming with peace and prosperity" if it agrees to quickly give up its nuclear weapons, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged on Friday ahead of a historic summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.

"While the North Koreans say that nuclear disarmament should proceed stage by stage, taking into account reciprocal steps and in the absence of a threat from the United States, the U.S. side insists on North Korea's transparent and unconditional denuclearization", the expert noted.

The return of prisoners the US has called "hostages" clears an obstacle to direct talks between Trump and Kim.

The US will assist North Korea with its economy if Pyongyang gets rid of its nuclear weapons, its secretary of state has said.

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

Pompeo said there would need to be "complete" and "verifiable" denuclearization that would remove North Korea as a threat to the South, the United States and the rest of the world.

The American said he had "good" and "substantive" conversations with leader Kim Jong Un during his visit.

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But he said that can only happen if the country completely denuclearizes.

"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".

"The next few weeks will be critical, requiring air-tight coordination between our two countries", Ms Kang said, noting South Korean President Moon Jae-in would be in Washington to see Mr Trump later this month.

The ministry then said the North Korean-run restaurants overseas were suffering economically because of strengthened sanctions and that the workers who escaped said they were struggling to meet demands from North Korean authorities that they earn foreign currency. North Korea often makes extreme claims about defectors, accusing the South of kidnapping them or describing them as fleeing after committing freakish crimes. To the US, that means the North giving up the nuclear weapons it has already built. "For decades, we have been adversaries. I said, 'Welcome home.' He said, 'God bless America, '" said State Department official Brian Hook, who was with Pompeo in North Korea.

Critics blast the "warm" words and smiles, while supporters say it is part of diplomacy.

"This administration has been significantly and sufficiently tough on North Korea. I'm proud to stand behind that", acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Heather Nauert told CNN Friday.

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