China welcomes DPRK and USA leaders summit in Singapore

What’s at stake?Source Bloomberg

What’s at stake?Source Bloomberg

In a statement carried by state media, North Korea's Foreign Ministry said that all of the tunnels at the site will be destroyed by explosion, and that observation and research facilities and ground-based guard units will also be removed.

"If North Korea takes bold action to quickly denuclearise, the United States is prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on the par with our South Korean friends", Pompeo told a news conference after talks with his South Korean counterpart in Washington.

Pompeo said he had "good, substantive" conversations with Kim in Pyongyang in what was his second meeting with the North Korea leader in less that six weeks, and believed both sides understood the ultimate goal of the summit.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha in Washington.

Some 53 per cent of Americans approve of his handling of North Korea policy and 77 per cent back his decision to meet Kim at a summit in Singapore next month.

But he stressed that this would require a "robust verification" programme by the USA and other nations. He says he had "good" and "substantive" conversations with leader Kim Jong Un during his visit.


Kang addressed reports about the possible drawing down of US troops in South Korea as part of a deal on ending the North's nuclear ambitions.

Singapore will also be acceptable to China, North Korea's only major ally, which wields a strong influence despite its physical absence from next month's proceedings. "We are not going to do this in small increments, where the world is essentially coerced into relieving economic pressure", Pompeo said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (R) meets U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) in this photo published in the May 10, 2018, edition of the North's daily Rodong Sinmun.

Kim had revealed plans to shut down the country's northeastern testing ground by the end of May during his summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in last month.

He did not mention other adversaries by name, but Pompeo and others have often noted that the US played a major role in rebuilding Japan and the European axis powers in the wake of the Second World War. But while the USA demands an immediate dismantlement of the nuclear program, Kim has called for a phased and synchronized approach, leading skeptics to believe his real intention is to win sanctions relief.

Pompeo, describing his conversations with Kim as "warm", said he and the North Korean leader reached "a pretty good understanding between our two countries about what the shared objectives are". He brought home three American prisoners freed by Kim in what Pompeo said was an important gesture that helped pave the way for the meeting. "We talked about the fact that America has often in history had adversaries who we are now close partners with and our hope that we can achieve the same with respect to North Korea".

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