Pompeo: My Conversations With Kim Jong Un Were 'Good,' 'Warm,' 'Substantive'

Melania Trump and Donald

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered on Friday to help improve North Korea's sanctions-hit economy if the country "quickly" dismantles its nuclear weapons program.

On what the White House expects from Trump's first face-to-face meeting with Kim, Shah reiterated the administration's stance that the goal is "complete, irreversible and verifiable denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula.

In regards to sanctions on North Korea, Kang said that they would "remain in place until, and unless, we see visible, meaningful action taken by North Korea on the denuclearization track".

Singapore is also close to the United States.

In 1986, I crossed into North Korea for a couple of freakish hours.

Trump announced on May 10 that he would meet with Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12.

President Trump calls the release of three Korean-Americans, a special moment for world peace. Such a move might force the U.S. to halt the meeting, a presidential spokesperson said on Thursday. While Singapore has close ties to the US, the country has maintained diplomatic relations with North Korea, which has an operational embassy in the central business district, since 1975.

China has been keen to show it has an indispensable role in seeking a lasting solution to tension over North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons- concerned that its interests may be ignored, especially as North Korea and the United States establish contacts.

The ministry said the North will continue to "promote close contacts and dialogue with the neighbouring countries and the worldwide society so as to safeguard peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and over the globe".


The date and location of the first-ever meeting of a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader were announced by Trump on Twitter.

"The next few weeks will be critical, requiring air-tight coordination between our two countries", Kang said, noting that South Korean President Moon Jae-in would be in Washington to see Mr. Trump later this month.

His remarks come ahead of an unprecedented summit between Kim and Trump in Singapore on June 12, at which North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes are expected to dominate the agenda.

Singapore and the North have a long history of cooperation - the first law firm and fast food restaurant in Pyongyang were both set up by Singaporeans - even if relations hit a snag previous year when Singapore enforced new United Nations sanctions on trade.

In the case of the summit, many North Koreans believe it's been brought about in the first place by their country's hard-won success in developing a nuclear arsenal, made possible in part by their many sacrifices. Is he prepared to give up nuclear weapons in exchange for the kind of assurances that the U.S.is ready to provide?

As the Trump-Kim summit nears, there are several concerns.

The Blue House source did not explain why Panmunjom was ultimately taken off the list, but foreign media outlets have cited American officials saying they feared it would unnecessarily give the spotlight to Seoul.

By doing so, they said, Washington is "prepared to work with Pyongyang to achieve prosperity".

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