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

Trump set to meet with North Korean leader in Singapore

Trump set to meet with North Korean leader in Singapore

Trump, Kim meeting set Fear of Islam must not drive USA foreign policy Pence: One of the detainees said he hadn't seen daylight "in a very long time" MORE said Friday that the USA would be willing to offer economic help to North Korea if Pyongyang takes concrete steps toward denuclearization.

In April, Kim held his first direct talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, while the North Korean leader's meeting with US President Donald Trump is set to take place on June 12 in Singapore.

Mike Pompeo made the announcement at a joint news conference with South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha.

And Pompeo said the United States would remain on board to help develop the North's economy, which has been devastated by its own mismanagement and crippling worldwide sanctions.

"In turn, Washington's representatives have stated on many occasions that any U.S. concessions will follow only after North Korea fully gives up its nuclear program", the expert said.

Chief diplomats from the United States and South Korea said Friday that a complete denuclearization by North Korea requires robust verification, and that sanctions against Pyongyang would not be lifted unless it took concrete and further steps toward denuclearization. CBS News referring to the sources stated that the leaders of the USA and North Korea are choosing the place of a bilateral meeting - it will be either Mongolia or Singapore.

Kang praised the upcoming summit between Trump and Kim, calling for continued cooperation between South Korea and the U.S.in the weeks leading up to the June 12 summit.

He said his talks with Kim Jong Un had been "constructive", "warm" and "good". "We began to work through the modalities, how we would achieve that, but I'll leave conversations about that to another time".

"We had good conversations, conversations that involve deep complex problems, challenges, strategic decisions that chairman Kim has before him", Pompeo said. "I will not just sit and talk for nothing", he said.

But Pompeo said he believes he's reached an understanding with Kim about what's on the table for negotiation. And he points to North Korea's turnabout from a year ago, when it launched more nuclear tests than at any point in its history, to pausing the program. Pompeo said he told Kim of that hope during his brief visit to Pyongyang, where he also completed details of the coming summit. Amid concerns that North Korea will demand the U.S. withdraw its troops from neighboring South Korea, Kang emphasized that the U.S. military presence there must be "a matter for the U.S. -ROK alliance first and foremost", using an acronym for South Korea's official name, the Republic of Korea.

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