Pompeo: US to help North Korea economy if it gives up nukes

Geneva Stokes
May 12, 2018

Can the US really trust that Kim will do what he says?

Singapore and the DMZ are the only two places Trump has floated in public as potential venues for the meeting.

"I'm very honored to have helped the three folks", he said.

Only months ago, Trump and Kim exchanged insults. They also reaffirmed their shared goal on North Korea.

The North said it planned to invite journalists from the United States, South Korea, China, Russia and Britain to inspect the process. "I think that if Kim Jong Un wants to find relief from "maximum pressure" and be welcomed back to the table of recognized global leadership, it's the only path he has".

In a tweet last week, Trump hinted at their impending release, saying that "the past Administration has always been asking for three hostages to be released from a North Korean Labor camp, but to no avail".

Kim has already offered what was widely seen as a goodwill gesture ahead of the meeting.

Quoting a South Korean diplomat, the newspaper said North Korea's sincerity about dismantlement is being tested. He was accused of unspecified 'hostile acts.

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 global sanctions. Kim Hak Song, Kim Dong Chul, and Kim Sang-Duk arrived at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland around 3 a.m. However, typically, the détente has been short lived. However, he was released in June 2017, gravely ill and in a coma. "The United States no longer makes empty threats".

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American missionary Kenneth Bae, who was sentenced to hard labour, later said he was forced to work on a farm six days a week despite being in poor health.

Kim also was reported to have "accepted the official suggestion of the US president for the release of Americans who have been detained in the DPRK for their anti-DPRK hostilities", and gave an order to grant "amnesty to them for their repatriation".

Kim Yong Chol, a vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party, reportedly welcomed the former Central Intelligence Agency director graciously, reminding him of the country's nuclear capabilities but asserting that Pyongyang had "high expectations the USA will play a very big role in establishing peace on the Korean Peninsula", according to a number of media outlets at the scene, including The New York Times. The meeting will be the first time a sitting US President has met a North Korean leader.

The president has hailed the thawing in relations as a diplomatic breakthrough and chalked it up to his hardline stand with Pyongyang.

Neither the president nor congressional leaders expected Kim to release the Americans.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has renewed his pledge to win release of Japanese abductees detained for decades in North Korea as he congratulated three Americans' return home.

As of now, only one day has been kept for the meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-un, he said, adding that planning was still in progress.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo retrieved the men during a trip to Pyongyang to finalize the details of the summit.

Pompeo, who has just returned from Pyongyang, said he had "good" talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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