Pompeo: US hopes to have North Korea as 'close partner'

President Trump says summit with North Korea scheduled for June 12 in Singapore

President Trump says summit with North Korea scheduled for June 12 in Singapore

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Speaking alongside South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha at the State Department, Pompeo said Friday he thinks the USA and North Korea are largely on the same page in expectations for the June 12 encounter, which will see a sitting US president meet the leader of North Korea for the first time.

North Korea's development of nuclear weapons and missiles capable of reaching the United States brought exchanges of bellicose rhetoric between Trump and Kim past year that raised fears of a new war on the Korean peninsula.

Pompeo also said the North's dismantling of its nuclear program will require "robust verification".

"I think you probably broke the all-time-in-history television rating for three o'clock in the morning", the president told reporters on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews.

The United States aspires to have North Korea as a "close partner" and not an enemy, the U.S. secretary of state has said. The meeting was set up to prepare for Kim's talks with Trump.

It has close ties with the United States as a major trade and investment partner, and has also maintained diplomatic relations with North Korea since 1975.

Moon, a soft-spoken liberal, hosted Kim in a summit last month that saw them stride hand-in-hand across the border and pledge the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula, an ambitious declaration that was light on specifics.

"Giving it up soon after Kim Jong Un himself labelled it the "treasured sword for defending peace" and a firm guarantee for the future?"

Calling the summit a historic and momentous event, Mr Lee said Singapore would do its best to facilitate a smooth and successful meeting, according to a statement from Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

Pompeo said there would need to be "complete" and "verifiable" denuclearization that would remove North Korea as a threat to the South, the United States and the rest of the world.

Nauert, also appearing on Fox News' "Fox and Friends", traveled to North Korea with Pompeo for the prisoner release and recalled when they boarded the plane to return home. The majority of people in North Korea live in poverty.

His remarks come ahead of an unprecedented summit between Kim and Trump in Singapore on June 12, at which North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes are expected to dominate the agenda.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on "Fox News Sunday", "Our eyes are wide open with respect to the risks, but it is our fervent hope that Chairman Kim wants to make a strategic change". But Kim could have done the same by presenting the invitation as a symbol of US commitment to a security guarantee for the North.

It has developed into one of Asia's most affluent nations.

Moon, the son of North Korean war refugees, has vowed to build on the legacies of late liberal Presidents Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun and their so-called "Sunshine Policy", which Moon had a hand in building.

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