Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Pompeo promises North Korea future 'brimming with prosperity' if it denuclearizes

Trump gives freed Americans flag-waving wee-hours welcome Trump Greets 3 Americans Freed by North Korea
Jay Anderson | 13 May, 2018, 00:28

The men were released Wednesday as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left Pyongyang after meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un amid final plans for a Trump-Kim summit.

President Trump, who was accompanied by his wife Melania, told waiting reporters it was "nice" of the North Korean leader to release the three men ahead of their planned summit.

Trump and Jong Un are likely to discuss several topics, but the highlight of the meet is set to be the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

The president wrote on Twitter "We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!" Currently, South Korea is doing much better economically than North Korea, and Pompeo pointed out that with help from the U.S., Kim could see his country flourish and do well like his southern neighbors.

Hours after Trump announced the location and date of what is being billed as the historic US-N Korea summit, the White House cautioned against any new provocative behaviour by Pyongyang. After decades of denial, North Korea in 2002 acknowledged abducting 13 of them and allowed five to visit Japan, where they stayed.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert on Friday said she believes the recent release of American prisoners from North Korea is a sign of progress as the USA prepares for negotiations with leaders there on nuclear development. Their plane taxied to the meeting area, where a giant USA flag was suspended over the tarmac. "We know who we are dealing with here", said Victoria Coates, of the National Security Council.

At the same time Gardner said, Trump's eyes were wide open about the risks of failure and the need to be clear that denuclearization means abandoning nuclear weapons.

Abe praised Kim for his recent "dynamic" moves, citing his two trips to China in a matter of weeks and his deciding to hold talks with Trump. As for the others, this can be quite an exciting experience being welcomed by the head of the state himself.




In 1989, when South Africa ended its nuclear program all bombs were completely dismantled after three years of inspection.

President Donald Trump has arrived at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington to greet three Korean-Americans as they return to the mainland USA after more than a year imprisoned in North Korea.

It has been reported that an announcement and the timing of the summit have been delayed upon North Korea's request for security reasons.

The three former detainees issued a joint statement on Wednesday thanking Trump for their release.

Last year, North Korea released American Otto Warmbier, a university student who was detained at the Pyongyang airport in January 2016 while on a five-day tour of North Korea.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has pledged North Korea can look forward to "a future brimming with peace and prosperity" if it agrees to quickly give up its nuclear weapons.

To the U.S., that means the North giving up the nuclear weapons it has already built. "The North Korean side is extremely pragmatically minded, conducts its own foreign policy course and understands well that the missile and nuclear program can be resumed upon any convenient opportunity", Lobov said.

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