U.S. makes pledge to aid North Korea's economy

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If North Korea follows through on its pledge to fully give up its nuclear weapons program and end years of hostility toward the USA and its allies, American companies stand ready to put tens of millions of dollars into the reclusive country to help bring it into the 21st century, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday morning.

Trump said Thursday he plans to meet Kim on June 12 in Singapore in what will be the first ever summit between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.

Kim declared his nuclear forced as complete in December, following the country's most powerful nuclear test to date in September and also three flight tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles created to reach the USA mainland.

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.

"Kim Hak-song also worked at PUST and was detained on a similarly vague charge of "hostile acts" against North Korea". He said being back in the USA felt "like a dream".

Early Thursday, Trump personally welcomed three freed Americans returning home from North Korea, declaring, "We're starting off on a new footing" with Pyongyang.

For Pompeo, his visit to retrieve the trio was his second surprise trip to North Korea in recent weeks, having traveled there to visit the country's leader in early April while he was Central Intelligence Agency director - and before his confirmation as secretary of state.

While Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal might be meant to show Kim Jong Un that the USA president follows through with his threats, it may also reinforce fears that Washington's negotiations can not be taken seriously - and that Pyongyang still needs its nuclear deterrent to ensure its survival. He says Trump's confrontational Twitter diplomacy over the a year ago was "baffling to many", but says it's created enough North Korean uncertainty about American intentions to coax Kim into talks.

The dismantlement of the Punggye-ri nuclear test ground would be a dramatic and symbolic event ahead of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un's summit with Donald Trump next month.

After the end of the Korean war in 1953 the South, an ally of the United States, embraced a capitalist philosophy. Then, North Korea takes down their nuclear reactors.

Therefore, she said, any change in the size of the US forces in the South Korea should not be on the table at the summit. "A few months ago, China had a good relationship with President Trump, but now there is a trade war with the United States".