Pompeo promises North Korea a rosy future as U.S. 'partner'

Emmett Rice
May 15, 2018

"My only hope is with President Trump", said Hwang In-cheol, the son of a broadcast journalist whose flight was hijacked by a North Korean operative almost 50 years ago.

Trump announced later Thursday that he and Kim the Excellent (formerly known as Rocket Man) will hold their much-anticipated summit on June 12 in Singapore. Most important, he will need to get the North Korean regime at least to acknowledge that genuine denuclearization is the goal, and to agree to a process for continued dialogue, perhaps culminating in another summit.

The dismantling of the underground nuclear test site will include collapsing its tunnels with explosions, blocking its entrances and removing all observation facilities, research buildings and security posts, according to media reports.

To accomplish that goal, he said it would involve a "robust verification program" that the US will undertake with partners around the world. South Korea says North Korea is holding at least three of them.

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

It will also mean burning a large quantity of jet fuel, a refined oil product sharply limited by United Nations sanctions targeting North Korea' imports. To this, Kim will probably respond that securing any prisoner's release is hard, given North Korea's "independent" judiciary; but he will present himself as a humanitarian willing to do what he can to help.

Pyongyang has long sought assurances the USA would not invade the North and is believed to have pursued nuclear weapons in an attempt to ensure the survival of the regime by raising the threat that any US move to oust Kim could escalate into nuclear war.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the country was "honoured to host it, and would do our best to facilitate a smooth and successful meeting", in a telephone call with Trump on Friday.

"This will be Americans coming in - private sector Americans, not the United States taxpayer - private sector Americans coming in to help build out the energy grid", he said. "It wasn't a question of relying on global mechanisms".

"Every time we sit sit down with them they're asking us to give up something to get along with them". "It would have taken them about five years to produce enough material for one weapon", Heinonen said.

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To resolve humanitarian issues, the two sides will hold a reunion of families separated across the border around the August 15 Liberation Day, when the Korean Peninsula was liberated from Japanese colonial from 1910-45.

Several years later Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was removed from power by rebels backed by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation air support.

In 1989, when South Africa ended its nuclear program all bombs were completely dismantled after three years of inspection.

The country destroyed its six weapons and invited worldwide inspectors in to certify its work.

The Mainichi quoted a senior worldwide negotiator with the National Security Council as telling reporters that "there is a possibility" the leader of a third country may take part.

Trump has vowed that he will not let that happen and has demanded that North Korea give up its nukes.

China is North Korea's most important economic and diplomatic backer, but Beijing has been irked by Pyongyang's repeated nuclear and missile tests and supported tough United Nations sanctions against its Cold War-era ally.

Singapore is familiar ground for the reclusive communist country, which has its embassy in Singapore's central business district. It has yet to do so.

"On the denuclearization side of the program, that means all aspects of their nuclear program", he added.

"You need to dismantle in such a way that you can not restore the activity", Heinonen said.

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