Trump thanks Singapore leader for hosting N

Alonzo Simpson
May 13, 2018

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States will work with North Korea to improve its economy if North Korea agrees to give up its nuclear weapons.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on television Friday that he is open to holding talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un only if that would lead to the settlement of the abduction issue.

At a ruling party meeting last month, North Korea had already announced that it has suspended all tests of nuclear devices and ICBMs and the plan to close the nuclear testing ground.

To counter Kim's smile diplomacy and avoid his trap, the Trump administration should take four lessons from prior negotiations with North Korea, Libya and Iran.

USA officials had made it clear to their North Korean counterparts that the Americans' release was paramount.

Trump's announcement came just hours after three Americans who had been held prisoner in North Korea arrived at a U.S. military base outside Washington, having been released by Kim.

Pompeo spoke alongside South Korean Overseas Minister Kang Kyung-wha, who's in Washington to get a briefing on the highest USA diplomat's conferences and to arrange for a Might 22 summit assembly between Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

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At a new apartment complex where four 15-story towers are going up, sales have taken off and prices have doubled as buyers - including North Koreans carrying stacks of Chinese currency - snap up studios overlooking the Yalu River, a saleswoman said. Kim has said that North Korea now has the capability to strike the continental United States. That will be the first time leaders of the US and North Korea have ever met face-to-face. "Stay tuned!" Two of the three - Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim - were detained during Trump's presidency.

"The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th".

If Trump can not get the big breakthrough he wants in denuclearization, he may try instead to negotiate a treaty to establish diplomatic relations with the North and formally end the 1950-53 Korean War, which was halted by an armistice.

North Korea pledged to reopen an investigation into the whereabouts of any remaining Japanese abductees in 2014.

In June 2008, worldwide broadcasters were allowed to air the demolishing of a cooling tower at the Nyongbyon reactor site, a year after the North reached an agreement with the U.S. and four other nations to disable its nuclear facilities in return for an aid package.

Meanwhile, Trump has said that "full denuclearization" is the goal of the talks.

"The next few weeks will be critical, requiring air-tight coordination between our two countries", Kang said.

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