Trump To Meet North Korea's Kim In Singapore In June

U.S. officials offer economic aid security assurances if North Korea eliminates nuclear program

U.S. officials offer economic aid security assurances if North Korea eliminates nuclear program

-North Korea summit to be held in Singapore on June 12 will lead to progress on the issue of the North's past abductions of Japanese nationals.

It comes just hours after Kim Jong Un handed over three USA prisoners to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Talking to reporters at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the US State Department, he said Donald Trump and the world have set the "conditions" for a successful outcome from the June 12 summit between the US President and Kim in Singapore. "We are going to make a great deal, for the world, for North Korea, for South Korea, for Japan, for China", he added. A few months ago, both the leaders had exchanged heated arguments with each other including warnings to attack with nuclear weapons. Trump wrote in a tweet.

Preparations for the Trump-Kim meeting gathered further momentum since the Korean summit.

North Korea's former spy chief Kim Yong Chul, director of the country's United Front Department, boasted in a toast to Pompeo over lunch in Pyongyang on Wednesday that North Korea had "perfected" it nuclear capability.

The historic summit could help pave the way to the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

Amid concerns North Korea will demand the US withdraw its troops from neighboring South Korea, Ms Kang emphasised the US military presence there must be "a matter for the US-ROK alliance first and foremost", using an acronym for South Korea's official name, the Republic of Korea.

In preparation for the high-stakes talks with Kim, Trump plans to consult with South Korean President Moon Jae-In when Moon visits the White House on May 22.

Mr Trump said he believed Mr Kim wanted to bring North Korea "into the real world" and was hopeful of a major breakthrough at their planned meeting.

Since being elected, Trump has taken a hard line against North Korea and its testing of nuclear weapons. The repressive Kim regime tightly controls news sources, after all, so their impressions are highly skewed.

In Seoul, South Korea's presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae, welcomed the announcement of the summit.

Mr Pompeo said that he had had good conversations with Mr Kim, who he found to be a focused and rational interlocutor.

"We are starting off on a new footing - I really think we have a very good chance of doing something very meaningful".

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