Pompeo Says North Korea Could Prosper If It Makes a Nuclear Deal

Hope anger for relatives of South Koreans kidnapped by North

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the us will be open to helping North Korea rebuild its economy if Kim Jong Un agrees to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

No family members or friends of the three freed Americans were on hand for their arrival in the early hours of Thursday due to protocol reasons, an official told CNN, adding the men had to first debrief intelligence officials before heading to their homes.

The trio - Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim - all held on charges of espionage, arrived at Joint Base Andrews just outside of Washington, D.C., at about 2:40 a.m. ET.

Pompeo said he insisted to Kim that a "robust verification" by inspectors would have to be part of any deal to ensure that Kim had "fully denuclearized".

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"I think it will be a big success", Trump said.

"We talked about the fact that America has often in history had adversaries who we are now close partners with and our hope that we could achieve the same with respect to North Korea".

The top US diplomat said the release of three American detainees set the conditions for a successful summit between the USA and North Korea.

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Both Kang and Pompeo stressed that their goal is to achieve a "complete" and "verifiable" denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. "We know who we are dealing with here", said Victoria Coates, of the National Security Council.

Trump had demurred on how likely their return was, telling reporters on Tuesday "we'll all soon be finding out".

Contrasting the wealth of South Korea to the poverty and deprivation of the North, Pompeo said the Trump administration is willing to provide assistance to North Korea if Kim meets USA demands to forfeit its nuclear weapons.

"If Chairman Kim chooses the right path, there is a future brimming with peace and prosperity" for his people, Pompeo said at the State Department, following a meeting with the foreign minister of South Korea.

She said the USA troop presence in the South for the past 65 years has played a "crucial role for deterrence", peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.

He said his talks with Kim Jong Un had been "constructive", "warm" and "good". More than a dozen abductees still remain missing, according to the Japanese government.

Speculation has emerged that Trump may visit Japan to brief Abe about the outcome of his meeting with Kim in Singapore.

North Korea has taken some recent steps to indicate its willingness to denuclearize, detailing plans to dismantle its nuclear test site in May.

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