Pompeo: US will help North Korea achieve prosperity in return for disarming

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"What Kim Jong Un has said publicly and in discussions is that he is prepared to negotiate to achieve complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", he said.

President Donald Trump will meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12, Trump announced Thursday, hours after suggesting that the release of three Americans held in the North heralded a potential breakthrough toward denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

Some observers are concerned that South Korea's desire to build peaceful ties with the North may distance it over time from the USA policy of seeking nuclear disarmament at any cost.

"Singapore has a relationship with both the United States and North Korea", Mr Shah told journalists on Thursday aboard Air Force One, which was taking Mr Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence to IN for a public rally. The majority of people in North Korea live in poverty. "I said, 'Welcome home.' He said, 'God bless America, '" Hook said.

But for Mr Trump and Kim, Singapore is a convenient venue precisely because it "doesn't have the historical or political baggage", said Sarah Teo, an associate research fellow at RSIS's regional security architecture programme.

Pompeo said there would need to be "complete" and "verifiable" denuclearization that would remove North Korea as a threat to the South, the United States and the rest of the world. "It will make it more hard for Kim Jong Un to deny inspections now that he has placed them on the table". Kim has suspended nuclear and missile tests and put his nuclear program up for negotiation, but questions remain about how serious his offer is and what disarmament steps he would willing to take. "And then, obviously, there have been subsequent conversations", he said. "It's now been set". "Relationships are building. Hopefully, a deal will happen and, with the help of China, South Korea, and Japan, a future of great prosperity and security can be achieved for everyone", said Trump on Tuesday at the White House.

"Each side is now negotiating for maximum benefit to their security", said Dennis Wilder, who served as the senior director for East Asian affairs at the National Security Council under former President George W. Bush.

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The Mainichi Shimbun's Washington-based correspondent cited USA diplomatic sources as saying there was a chance that Mr Xi may meet Mr Trump and Mr Kim in Singapore.

Kim had revealed plans to shut down the country's northeastern testing ground by the end of May during his summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in last month.

North Korea has invited the outside world to witness the dismantling of its nuclear facilities before.

Pompeo's latest trip to North Korea came just weeks after he met with Kim.

That means Trump's stewardship of the nuclear crisis is now far more popular than the President himself, the network said.

"We expect the leaders of DPRK and U.S. will achieve positive results", Shuang added.