Pompeo: US hopes to have North Korea as 'close partner' not enemy

Pompeo: US hopes to have North Korea as 'close partner' not enemy

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.

That said, the issues facing the two leaders are many and complicated.

North Korea's development of nuclear weapons and missiles capable of reaching the United States brought exchanges of bellicose rhetoric between Trump and Kim previous year that raised fears of a new war on the Korean peninsula. "But this is certainly a process that has moved in the right direction".

North Korea's former spy chief Kim Yong Chul, director of the country's United Front Department, boasted in a toast to Pompeo over lunch in Pyongyang on Wednesday that North Korea had "perfected" it nuclear capability.

Seeing all this, I recall that some time ago, when representing the UK Government, I walked in that very place, under the gaze of heavily armed North Korean troops just over the border.

"The South and North will hold a high-level inter-Korea meeting on May 16 in the Peace House in Panmunjom, to discuss implementation of 'Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula", the Unification Ministry said in a statement.

This year's Shangri-La Dialogue, set for June 1-3, will include a session titled "Deescalating the North Korean crisis". He died within days of arriving home in OH last June.

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But, despite the optimism of that moment, all efforts to limit North Korea's nuclear program have so far failed.

Hardliners in the North are believed to see possession of a nuclear weapon as a guarantee against US-led efforts to topple Kim's regime. Offering to share our bountiful agricultural output and technology could ease tensions between the two nations.

The U.S. and North Korea have been hostile adversaries for almost seven decades, since the Korean War, with Pyongyang isolated from most nations.

We also could offer educational opportunities to bright young North Koreans.

Trump said in a tweet that he and China's president, Xi Jinping, "are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast".

North Korea has scheduled the dismantlement of its nuclear bomb test site for sometime between May 23-25 in order to uphold its pledge to discontinue nuclear tests, the country's state media reported on Saturday, a month ahead of a planned North Korea-U.S. summit in Singapore. He must be careful in Singapore next month not to exacerbate an already tense situation.

"I feel we've a shared imaginative and prescient for what we hope, when this course of is accomplished, the Korean peninsula appears like, I feel we've a very good understanding and I feel there's full settlement of what the last word aims are", Pompeo stated, including that, "we started to work via the modalities of how we obtain that". The hopes of America and the world are with you.

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