Sunday, 20 May, 2018

Pompeo: US will help North Korea's economy if it forfeits nukes

Donald Trump greets the Americans formerly held hostage in North Korea upon their arrival at Joint Base Andrews Image Kim Dong Chul Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim were taken to a military hospital for tests
Ray Hunter | 12 May, 2018, 21:34

Kang said South Korea wanted the sanctions to stay in place until Pyongyang takes "visible, meaningful action" to get rid of its nuclear weapons.

But it's an enormous risk for a president who has shown a knack for walking away from deals like the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear agreement but little acumen at putting new ones together. It is not clear what, if anything, North Korea will agree to at the summit or what Kim means by denuclearization. "We have a shared vision for what we hope when this process is completed the Korean peninsula looks like".

North Korea freed the prisoners after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met for a second time with the North Korean leader. "My proudest achievement will be - this is part of it - when we denuclearise that entire peninsula".

"We would like to express our deep appreciation to the United States government, President Trump, Secretary Pompeo and the people of the United States for bringing us home", Kim Hak-song, Tony Kim and Kim Dong-chul said in a statement.

He described his conversations with Kim as "warm" and said both had tried "our best to make sure that we were communicating clearly and had shared understanding about what our mutual objectives were".

Now, however, Trump enters a month-long period where he must set expectations for what he'll really be able to achieve.

She also underlined that USA forces in the Republic of Korea have "played a crucial role for deterrence and peace and stability" and said the presence of troops in the area is a matter for the alliance between the US and South Korea "first and foremost".

Pompeo first met with Kim when he was still the director of the Central Intelligence Agency and days before his confirmation as Secretary of State. She warned that, "The North Koreans have still said nothing to indicate that they are willing to give up their nuclear weapons".

With the final details in place, the meeting will become the first ever meeting between a sitting USA president and North Korean leader.

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Next month's summit will be complicated - and the risks particularly great - because Trump is upending decades of diplomatic practice.

"The next few weeks will be critical, requiring air-tight coordination between our two countries", Kang said.

Singapore is seen as a natural choice for the meeting between the two leaders.

But those details are daunting, to say the least.

North Korea has gone back on peace overtures before, but an IN congressman says there are signs the country is serious this time.

Despite the NPT being "deeply flawed" with respect to its overt discrimination, being an "embarrassing" failure in having no time limit for the eight recognised nuclear-armed nations to achieve comprehensive nuclear disarmament, and being a "bad deal" for the rest of the world which is held ransom by the indefinite threat of nuclear war; it may be the only realistic avenue for the North Korean leader to explore.

It hosts the annual Shangri-La Dialogue, a defence forum regularly attended by heads of state, defence ministers and high level military officials.

The comments came three days after the United States president announced he would violate the worldwide nuclear deal with Iran which imposed strict curbs on Tehran's nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief. It was the early leading choice among top administration officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House chief of staff John Kelly, who recognised that the summit location would play an important role in how the talks are viewed around the world, reported CNN.

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