Pompeo: US to lift sanctions if North Korea dismantles nuclear weapons program

15 May, 2018, 22:35 | Author: Lora Ball
  • U.S. officials offer economic aid security assurances if North Korea eliminates nuclear program

Pompeo said private-sector Americans could help rebuild North Korea's energy grid and develop the country's infrastructure. He "told Kim that if Pyongyang reaches an agreement with Washington and makes concrete progress on denuclearization, there would be good cause for China to support North Korea".

White House national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that North Korea's prospects are "unbelievably strong if they'll commit to denuclearization".

Speaking about his secretive trip to North Korea for the first time on Sunday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described what it was like to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The Japanese and US governments plan to hold a summit meeting on the sidelines of a Group of Seven meeting in Canada on June 8-9, where Abe and Trump are expected to confirm their stance to call for North Korea to denuclearize in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner. Following the visit, North Korea released three American citizens.

Senior Trump administration officials are outlining new details of their plans to work toward the denuclearization North Korea as President Donald Trump prepares for his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month.

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Wang Sheng, a Korea expert at Jilin University, said the recent property boom means the city is getting ready to do business with its neighbor, possibly on a much larger scale than before.

"We can create conditions for real economic prosperity for the North Korean people that will rival that of the South", he added. He claims to have shut down a nuclear research facility that already was on its last legs.

"There is not a single global agreement North Korea has signed which it has not blatantly violated and cheated in history, so why are we not questioning North Korea for not following through with its numerous treaty obligations?" Pompeo praised it as "one step along the way".

Japan, meanwhile, has spent the past few months carefully weighing whether it should embark on its own meeting with Kim, a diplomatic gambit that could backfire to the severe detriment of Abe should he fail to win solid concessions from Kim on the long-standing abductee issue.

And Wang said the ruling Chinese Communist Party is likely to continue imposing United Nations sanctions imposed last December, despite a recent rapprochement between President Xi Jinping and Kim Jong Un.

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