Koreas in close consultations ahead of N. Korea-US summit

15 May, 2018, 22:33 | Author: Barbara Daniel
  • Mike Pompeo

Momentum continues to build between Washington and Pyongyang, with the US promising to provide security assurances and private investment conditionally, a month ahead of a historic summit between US President Donald Trump and Democratic People's Republic of Korea leader Kim Jong-un. He also wants to reconfirm Japan-U.S. cooperation over the abductions of Japanese nationals and North Korea's nuclear and missile development, before making swift decisions on Japan's policy regarding these issues. "But wouldn't it be easier for them to refuel somewhere else?" the official added, declining to clarify whether Abe is instead planning to travel to Singapore himself and have post-summit talks with Trump there. "Very exciting!" he wrote on Twitter.

This week we watched three Americans previously held captive in North Korea step back onto USA soil for the first time in years.

He kept silent only with a little smile flickering on his face when facing a barrage of questions from reporters, such as "Are discussions about summit talks (between North Korea and the United States) going well?" and "Will your ambassador come to the office today?"

The roadmap calls for providing immediate economic compensation for the North in exchange for comprehensive denuclearization based on transfer of its nuclear warheads, nuclear materials and ICBMs to Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Pompeo said Trump is in a unique position.

"The conversations are professional", he said on "Fox News Sunday". He claims to have shut down a nuclear research facility that already was on its last legs. Pompeo praised it as "one step along the way". The JCPOA provided Iran relief from UN-imposed sanctions in return for curbing its uranium enrichment program and granting access to inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Bolton said in an interview with CNN's "State of the Union" that North Korea should not "look for economic aid from us".

"I think what the prospect for North Korea is to become a normal nation, to behave and interact with the rest of the world the way South Korea does", he said.

While some have characterized our President's foreign affair philosophy as "predictably unpredictable" or a doctrine of "maximum pressure", one constant holds true, President Trump is a seasoned negotiator who brings a lifetime of business experience when he sits across the table from foreign leaders.

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