Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Pompeo says talks with North Korea's Kim have been 'heat'

Pompeo says talks with North Korea's Kim have been 'heat'

Pompeo's remarks come ahead of Trump's historic meeting with Kim, which is set to take place next month in Singapore.

"If Chairman Kim chooses the right path, there is a future brimming with peace and prosperity for the North Korean people", said Pompeo, who has led two trips to Pyongyang this year to prepare for the summit.

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

North Korea's reference to such activity is created to communicate that even without underground testing, the country intends to maintain its nuclear arsenal and be a "responsible" steward of those weapons at the same time, said Andrea Berger, a senior analyst at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

Speaking on several Sunday morning talk shows, Pompeo said the United States would not be willing to invest taxpayer dollars to help the country, but was willing to "lift sanctions" to pave the way for private American investment in North Korea's energy, agriculture, and infrastructure sectors. For almost seven decades, since the Korean War, the two have been in a state of hostilities, with North Korea isolated from most nations.

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.

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". For its part, North Korea wants the lifting of sanctions and for the withdraw the 28,500 troops it has stationed in South Korea.

"I think that we have a shared vision for what we hope".

Pompeo's promise of an economic carrot to match the stick of "maximum pressure" may reassure observers who are concerned that Seoul and Washington's objectives are not exactly aligned.

Pompeo stated that every one three global locations - the US, South Korea and North Korea - share the identical imaginative and prescient for way forward for the Korean peninsula.

"If we can hold to those three principles, this might work", Rice said at Stanford's Hoover Institution.

Of course, what that right path is varies according to interpretation and there are indications that North Korea and the USA are far apart on some issues, with the US insisting on a "robust verification program" that assures the regime carries out the agreement.

In North Korea's bombastic rhetoric, "denuclearization" has, for years, been a byword for United States troop withdrawals from South Korea-an idea that Kang appeared to reject.

Hardliners in the North are believed to see a nuclear weapon as a guarantee against outside efforts to topple the regime, but Trump insists he will not tolerate their growing arsenal.

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