WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that US would lift sanctions on North Korea if the country agrees to completely dismantle its nuclear weapons program.
Mike Pompeo spoke on several Sunday morning talk shows and said that Washington will agree to lift sanctions on North Korea. He said that that it would be agreed to after North Korea dismantles its Nuclear Weapons program. He said this would be a move will make North Korea prosper economically. Pompeo told that its economy will rival that to the South Korean economy.
In another statement the Pentagon said three American prisoners freed by the North had left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington and had been reunited with their families. This had been done by the North Korea as a show of good will to the world.
President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un have a meeting in Singapore on May 12. This is the first such meeting between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.
Kim Jong Un had also met Moon Jae-in ahead of the Trump meeting to assure the South of complete denuclearization of Korean Peninsula. The meeting had given a different face of the North Korean ruler than he previously had in front of the world.
In the meeting Kim Jong Un had greeted South Korean Moon Jae-in with smiles, hugs and even jokes. The meeting had shown North’s efforts to try and create better relations with the South and the rest of the world.
Mike Pompeo said the United States will not invest taxpayer money to help North Korea but is willing to lift sanctions to give way to private American investment in North Korea.
Mike Pompeo while talking to an American news channel said: “What Chairman Kim will get from America is our finest — our entrepreneurs, our risk takers, our capital providers. They will get private capital that comes in. North Korea is desperately in need of energy for their people. They are in great need of agricultural equipment and technology. We can create conditions for real economic prosperity for the North Korean people that will rival that of the South.”
North Korean media reported on the weekend that the country is scheduled to dismantlement of its nuclear bomb site for later in May.