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Pompeo Says North Korea Could Prosper If It Makes a Nuclear Deal

15 May 2018
Pompeo Says North Korea Could Prosper If It Makes a Nuclear Deal

On Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States was willing to contribute to rebuilding North Korea.

Mr Pompeo said the USA aim was clear - "to ensure that North Korean doesn't possess the capacity to threaten, not only the United States but the world, with nuclear weapons".

KELEMEN: Well, at least for the U.S.it's, you know, really a deal - what Pompeo said - like none other before it. "We began to work through the modalities, how we would achieve that, but I'll leave conversations about that to another time".

In 1994, North Korea pledged, in a framework accord with the United States, to eliminate its nuclear weapons.

The administration has also talked "very clearly" to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un's regime, said Nauert, noting that the country's nuclear program remains a "tremendous concern" worldwide.

North Korea's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that all of the tunnels at the country's northeastern testing ground will be destroyed by explosion, and that observation and research facilities and ground-based guard units will also be removed.

By apparently agreeing to meet Mr Trump 5,000km away from Pyongyang, Kim has to travel a significant distance out of his comfort zone, said Graham Ong-Webb, a research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS).

Experts say Kim also needs to maintain good relations with his country's main patron to back him up as the Trump summit looms.

The meeting will take place in Singapore, Trump announced via Twitter on Thursday.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, spoke during a news conference with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha at the State Department on Friday.

Both Kang and Pompeo stressed that their goal is to achieve a "complete" and "verifiable" denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Kim's father sought meetings with US presidents Clinton and Bush but never got them. But in hustling between Pyongyang and Washington to set up the Kim-Trump summit and offering to broker other meetings with Pyongyang, Moon is fulfilling his promise to push South Korea into the driver's seat in diplomacy with the North.

At a party meeting last month when Kim proclaimed the development of the North's nuclear force complete and promised no more nuclear or missile tests, he called its arsenal "a powerful treasured sword for defending peace". For 65 years, the United States has kept a strong military presence in South Korea, which is believed to have helped keep the peace between the North and South, detailed CBS News.

Moon, the son of North Korean war refugees, has vowed to build on the legacies of late liberal Presidents Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun and their so-called "Sunshine Policy", which Moon had a hand in building.

Red Velvet, a popular South Korean girl band, met with North Korean leadership after their concert there and described Kim as "warm" and their audience as "responsive, clapping a lot" although unfamiliar with most K-pop music.