Monday, November 19, 2018 | ePaper

US will help make NKorea rich if it disarms: Pompeo

  • Print


U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a joint press availability with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-who after their meeting at the State Department in Washington on Friday.

AFP, Washington :
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that if North Korea agrees to surrender its nuclear arsenal, Washington will work with Pyongyang to rebuild its tiny economy.
"If North Korea takes bold action to quickly denuclearize, the United States is prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on par with our South Korean friends," he said.
Pompeo was speaking after talks with his South Korean opposite number Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha to prepare for a historic June 12 summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Some observers are concerned that South Korea's desire to build peaceful ties with the North may distance it over time from the US policy of seeking nuclear disarmament at any cost.
But both Kang and Pompeo insisted that they agreed on the need for the "total, complete, permanent and verifiable" denuclearization of the divided peninsula.
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 international sanctions.
Pompeo has had two recent meetings with Kim to prepare for the summit and, last weekend, to negotiate the release of three Korean-Americans held in the North's jails.
He said he had had good conversations with Kim, who he found to be a focused and rational interlocutor.
"We had good conversations, conversations that involve deep complex problems, challenges, strategic decisions that chairman Kim has before him," Pompeo said.
The pair, he said, talked "about how it is he wishes to proceed and if he's prepared, in exchange for the assurances that we're ready to provide him, if he is prepared to fully denuclearize.
"We'll require a robust verification program, one that we would undertake with partners around the world which would achieve that outcome," he warned.
But he added: "I'm confident that we have a shared understanding of the outcome that the leaders want-certainly President Trump and chairman Kim, but I think president Moon as well."
"I think that we have a shared vision for what we hope. I think there's a complete agreement about what the ultimate objectives are," he said.
Pompeo, who returned from Pyongyang this week with three Americans who had been held prisoner by North Korea, said the release of men had helped set conditions for a successful meeting between Trump and Kim in Singapore on June 12.
However, his comments made clear that the two sides remained far apart on the key issue of what they mean by denuclearization.
Pompeo said he had "good, substantive" conversations with Kim in Pyongyang in what was his second meeting with the North Korea leader in less that six weeks, and believed both sides understood the ultimate goal of the summit.
"We had good conversations, substantive conversations. Conversations that involved deep complex problems, challenges; the strategic decision that Chairman Kim has before him about how it is he wishes to proceed and if he is prepared, in exchange for the assurances we are ready to provide to him, if he is prepared to fully denuclearize."
North Korea's development of nuclear weapons and missiles capable of reaching the United States brought exchanges of bellicose rhetoric between Trump and Kim last year that raised fears of a new war on the Korean peninsula.

More News For this Category

US peace envoy hopes for deal with Taliban in 2019

US peace envoy hopes for deal with Taliban in 2019

Reuters, Kabul :The U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan hopes to cement a peace deal with Taliban insurgents by April 2019, local media reported on Sunday.The U.S. envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, who

Sri Lankan President seeks talks to end power struggle

Sri Lankan President seeks talks to end power struggle

AFP, Colombo :Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday called crucial talks with political leaders in a bid to end a power struggle with the prime minister he sacked last

Macron's popularity falls to 25 pc: Poll

Macron's popularity falls to 25 pc: Poll

AFP, Paris :The popularity of French President Emmanuel Macron has dropped to just 25 percent, according to a major tracker poll published on Sunday.The poll by research group Ifop was

No ‘final conclusion’ on Khashoggi killing, say US

No ‘final conclusion’ on Khashoggi killing, say US

AFP, Washington  :The US government has not reached a final conclusion over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the State Department said Saturday following reports that the CIA had held the

Anti-IS coalition raids kill 43 in east Syria

Anti-IS coalition raids kill 43 in east Syria

AFP, Beirut :Air strikes by the US-led coalition Saturday killed 43 people, mostly civilians, in a holdout of the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, a Britain-based monitor said.Seventeen children

News In Brief

15,000 killed in Russian road accidents in 2018 so farTass, MoscowAbout 15,000 people have been killed in road accidents in Russia so far in 2018, Russia's General Administration for Traffic

US opposes UN resolution condemning Israel's occupation of Golan Heights

US opposes UN resolution condemning Israel's occupation of Golan Heights

AFP, United Nations :For the first time, the United States voted Friday against an annual UN resolution condemning Israel's occupation of the Golan Heights, dropping its practice of abstaining in

As China-US friction rises, their armies hold joint disaster drills

As China-US friction rises, their armies hold joint disaster drills

Reuters, Nanjing :Soldiers from China and the United States wrapped up a week of joint disaster relief drills on Saturday, in a display of cooperation against a backdrop of worsening

Cygnus cargo ship launches to ISS

AFP, United States :An unmanned Cygnus cargo ship blasted off Saturday toward the International Space Station, marking the second supply mission in 24 hours destined to carry food and supplies

US-China discord dominates APEC summit in Papua New Guinea

US-China discord dominates APEC summit in Papua New Guinea

Reuters, Port Moresby :The United States and China swapped barbs over trade, investment and regional security at an Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit on Saturday, as growing fault lines