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US to help N. Korea economically if it gets rid of nuclear weapons

IANS  |  Washington 

US announced here on Friday that the US "would be willing" to offer economic aid to North it is gets rid of its nuclear weapons and takes concrete steps toward a "complete" and "verifiable" denuclearization.

"If North takes bold action to quickly denuclearize, the is prepared to work with North to achieve prosperity on the par with our South Korean friends," Pompeo said at the State Department during a joint press conference with his South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha, reported.

Until an agreement is reached, plans on maintaining pressure through sanctions, which have made it harder for to trade with China, its main ally.

Kang said wanted the sanctions to stay in place until takes "visible, meaningful action" to get rid of its nuclear weapons.

"We're not talking about sanctions relief at this point," she said.

Pompeo's offer to provide economic aid comes as the US and are preparing for a historic summit between North Korean leader and US Donald Trump, which will take place in on June 12.

Both Kang and Pompeo stressed that their goal is to achieve a "complete" and "verifiable" denuclearization of the

Journalists asked Pompeo what such a denuclearization would look like and if it meant carrying out inspections in North Korean nuclear plants.

"I think there is complete agreement about what the ultimate objectives are," Pompeo said, providing no further details.

Pompeo returned on Thursday from Pyongyang, where he met with Kim and helped secure the release of three American prisoners being held in

Pompeo was the of the CIA for 15 months prior to being sworn in as on April 26.



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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 07:06 IST