Trump and Kim Jong-un to declare Korean war over, - mass media

Trump and Kim Jong-un to declare Korean war over, - mass media

Fresh from a dramatic trip to North Korea and ahead of a historic summit, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that the United States would provide economic help if the country gives up its nuclear weapons, and perhaps ultimately agree to normalized relations.

"If North Korea takes bold action to quickly denuclearize, the United States is prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on the par with our South Korean friends", Pompeo said.

Pompeo's arrival in Pyongyang Wednesday coincided with a trilateral summit in Tokyo between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and South Korean President Moon Jae-in to discuss the escalating diplomatic rapport between North and South Korea, highlighted by last month's historic summit between Moon and Kim at the Demilitarized Zone separating the two rivals.

"We had good conversations about the histories of our two nations, the challenges that we have had between us", Pompeo told reporters at a news conference with South Korea's visiting foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha. "I think there's a complete agreement about what the ultimate objectives are", he said.

But he stressed that this would require a "robust verification" programme by the United States and other nations. The issue will not be put on the table when Trump and Kim meet as it concerns the bilateral alliance, she said.

Mr Pompeo said the U.S. aim was clear - "to ensure that North Korean doesn't possess the capacity to threaten, not only the United States but the world, with nuclear weapons".

The North said it planned to invite journalists from the US, South Korea, China, Russia and Britain to inspect the process.

After the end of the Korean war in 1953 the South, an ally of the U.S., embraced a capitalist philosophy.

The eyeing "commitments to dismantle North Korea's weapons of mass destruction and milestones to benchmark", Manning said.

In spite of an easing of tensions and a return to dialogue in recent months, North Korea has given no indication that it is willing to go beyond statements of broad support the for concept of denuclearization and unilaterally abandon a nuclear weapons program its ruling family has seen as crucial to its survival.

Singapore will also be acceptable to China, North Korea's only major ally, which wields a strong influence despite its physical absence from next month's proceedings. But while the USA demands an immediate dismantlement of the nuclear program, Kim has called for a phased and synchronized approach, leading skeptics to believe his real intention is to win sanctions relief.

He said he had had good conversations with Kim, who he found to be a focused and rational interlocutor. He's speaking the day after he returned from Pyongyang with three American detainees released by North Korea. "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".