Pompeo: US to lift sanctions if North Korea dismantles nuclear weapons program

Pompeo: US to lift sanctions if North Korea dismantles nuclear weapons program

Pompeo: US to lift sanctions if North Korea dismantles nuclear weapons program

Trump's recent rhetoric has on North Korea has become much softer as in recent months, swinging from taunting the DPRK leader on Twitter by calling "rocket man" last November to calling him "very honorable" on April 25.

Xi advised Kim to "give top priority" to reaching "a comprehensive agreement on denuclearization" with the USA, according to the daily. Then reach an accommodation with the USA from a position of strength and fundamental equality. It is my honest hope that any future deals with Iran would remove their ability to manufacture nuclear weapons today, tomorrow or years from now, as well as involve the release of the five American hostages they are still holding.

"There is not a single worldwide agreement North Korea has signed which it has not blatantly violated and cheated in history, so why are we not questioning North Korea for not following through with its numerous treaty obligations?"

Now the Trump administration appears to be trying to define "denuclearization" in such a way as to bring it into line with that kind of agreement. It means addressing the ballistic missile issue. Indeed, at one point, Pompeo has suggested that the U.S.is more categorical about North Korea getting rid of chemical and biological weapons than nuclear weapons - another hint that "denuclearization" does not imply denuclearization. "I am pleased to inform you that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea with the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting".

Clinton, during a visit to Australia last week, said USA officials should make no concessions to the North Korean regime without seeing concrete action from Pyongyang.

What is notable is that such a deal means at least partially decoupling the USA from its regional allies in South Korea and Japan. It would perhaps be best for the world community to take a more realistic view of the meeting as there are clear indications that the USA and North Korea are going into the meeting with divergent stances. Reduce the USA deployment and that alignment of interests or vulnerability diminishes.

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But it remains unclear if Kim would ever fully relinquish the weapons he probably views as his only guarantee of survival. Such an assurance is unlikely to be given by the nuclear-countries.

The U.S. government began to mention specific economic compensations for the North as well. And much it is a "deal" the US likely could have gotten many times over recent years or decades.

Just two weeks ago, apartments in Dandong New District were selling for as little as 3,000 yuan per square meter, he said.

John Bolton, the president's national security adviser, described the types of steps that North Korea would need to continue taking as part of a denuclearization process, including the potential involvement of a processing center in Tennessee.

"No president has ever put America in a position where the North Korean leadership thought that this was truly possible, that the Americans would actually do this, would lead to the place where America was no longer held at risk by the North Korean regime", Pompeo said. But our options are not good - fundamentally because North Korea is already a nuclear power, even though we've refused to give that fact our blessing.

At around 9:00 a.m., a North Korean official carrying a Kimilsung badge on the left side of his chest showed up on the building's first floor.

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