Mike Pompeo offers aid to North Korea in exchange for forfeiting nukes

12 May, 2018, 07:30 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • From left Chinese Premier Li Keqiang Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in hold a meeting in Tokyo on May 9

Foreign Minister Taro Kono told Kyodo News on Friday that the first-ever U.S.

A day after returning from a trip to Pyongyang, Pompeo said he had "good" and "substantive" conversations with Kim during his visit, during which he secured the release of three Americans who had been detained in 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.

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

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.

He said talks with Mr Kim on Wednesday had been "warm", "constructive", and "good" and he made clear if North Korea gets rid of its nuclear weapons in a permanent and verifiable way, the United States is willing to help the impoverished nation boost its economy and living stands to levels like those in prosperous South Korea. Abe also said that worldwide sanctions should stay in place against North Korea and any rewards must wait until Kim fully abandons his nuclear and missile programs, AP reports.

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.

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Pompeo, who held talks Pyongyang's young leader over the weekend, even said "we have a pretty good understanding between our two countries about what the shared objectives are".

The pair, he said, talked "about how it is he wishes to proceed and if he's prepared, in exchange for the assurances that we're ready to provide him, if he is prepared to fully denuclearize".

"If Chairman Kim chooses the right path, there is a future brimming with peace and prosperity for the North Korean people", he said, adding that the United States had a track record of support for the Korean people that was "second to none".

"There's a danger here of the peace track moving more quickly than the denuclearization track", warned Abraham Denmark, an Asia expert and former senior United States defense official. "I hope Mr. Trump will make a breakthrough to achieve our goals".

However, his comments made clear that the two sides remained far apart on the key issue of what they mean by denuclearization.

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

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