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

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

President Trump announced via Twitter on Thursday that he would meet Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12.

"The relationship is good, hopefully for all of us, for the world, hopefully, something very good is going to happen", he told the crowd.

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.

Long before dawn Thursday, with the former detainees by his side on the air base tarmac, Trump said it was a "great honor" to welcome them back to the USA but "the true honor is going to be if we have a victory in getting rid of nuclear weapons".

Trump is expected to push North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons at the meeting in exchange for security guarantees and the removal of stifling economic sanctions.

U.S. officials had also considered holding the summit at the Korean demilitarized zone or in Mongolia, but ultimately settled on the city-state of Singapore as the location. "I really think he wants to do something and bring the country into the real world".

A face-to-face meeting with Kim would help fulfill a campaign promise from Trump to persuade Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons program. It is also one of just 47 countries to host a North Korean embassy.

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Trump and Kim will meet in the first North Korea-U.S. summit talks since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

"While our administration is encouraged that North Korea freed these innocent hostages, we will not let off the pressure until we achieve full denuclearization", Pence said.

Pyongyang has yet to indicate its price for any move toward denuclearization and may yet demand USA troops withdraw from South Korea as a quid pro quo.

Nauert added that it was not a certainty that they would be able to secure the prisoners' release.

Yet as Trump's new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continues to lay the groundwork behind the scenes, Americans are already seeing positive signs.

They also agreed to pursue three-way talks involving the two Koreas and the United States, or four-way talks involving the two Koreas, the U.S. and China, with a view to declaring an end to the war and establishing a permanent and solid peace regime.

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