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Pompeo: US will help make NKorea rich if it disarms

AFP  |  Washington 

US said today that if agrees to surrender its nuclear arsenal, will work with to rebuild its tiny economy.

"If takes bold action to quickly denuclearise, the is prepared to work with to achieve prosperity on par with our South Korean friends," he said.

was speaking after talks with his South Korean to prepare for a historic June 12 summit between US and North Korean leader Un.

Some observers are concerned that South Korea's desire to build peaceful ties with the North may distance it over time from the US policy of seeking nuclear disarmament at any cost.

But both Kang and insisted that they agreed on the need for the "total, complete, permanent and verifiable" denuclearization of the divided peninsula. And Pompeo said the would remain on board to help develop the North's economy, which has been devastated by its own mismanagement and crippling international sanctions.

Pompeo has had two recent meetings with Kim to prepare for the summit and, last weekend, to negotiate the release of three Korean-Americans held in the North's jails. He said he had had good conversations with Kim, who he found to be a focused and rational interlocutor.

"We had good conversations, conversations that involve deep complex problems, challenges, that Kim has before him," Pompeo said. The pair, he said, talked "about how it is he wishes to proceed and if he's prepared, in exchange for the assurances that we're ready to provide him, if he is prepared to fully denuclearize. "We'll require a robust verification program, one that we would undertake with partners around the world which would achieve that outcome," he warned. But he added: "I'm confident that we have a shared understanding of the outcome that the leaders want -- certainly Trump and Kim, but I think as well." "I think that we have a shared vision for what we hope. I think there's a complete agreement about what the ultimate objectives are," he said.

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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 02:50 IST