US prepared to help North Korea achieve prosperity on par with South

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The United States government will not seek regime change and will work with North Korea to achieve prosperity if permanent, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is achieved.

“If Chairman Kim chooses the right path, there is a future brimming with peace and prosperity for the North Korea – North Korean people. America’s track record of support for the Korean people is second to none,” United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a joint press briefing with South Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha on May 11 in Washington.

“If North Korea takes bold action to quickly denuclearize, the United States is prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on the par with our South Korean friends,” he added.

In an interview with Fox News on May 13, Pompeo said “this will be Americans coming in – private sector Americans, not the U.S. taxpayer – private sector Americans coming in to help build out the energy grid – they need enormous amounts of electricity in North Korea; to work with them to develop infrastructure, all the things that the North Korean people need, the capacity for American agriculture to support North Korea so they can eat meat and have healthy lives.”

“Those are the kind of things that, if we get what it is the President has demanded – the complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization of North Korea – that the American people will offer in spades,” he added.

When asked if the US is in effect saying to Kim that “If you give us what we want, you can stay on in power?”

Pompeo said “we will have to provide security assurances to be sure.”

“This has been a tradeoff that has been pending for 25 years. 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. That’s the objectives,” he explained.

Pompeo met with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un last week in Pyongyang.

US President Donald Trump and Kim are set to meet on June 12 in Singapore.

North Korea announced over the week-end that it will dismantle the northern nuclear test ground between May 23 and 25.

“The DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) will, also in the future, promote close contacts and dialogue with the neighboring countries and the international society so as to safeguard peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and over the globe,” North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Sources: https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2018/05/282048.htm; https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2018/05/282041.htm