Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Korea to receive sanctions relief in exchange for "total" denuclearization

Korea to receive sanctions relief in exchange for

Trump, in a tweet Saturday, already thanked North Korea for its plan to dismantle the nuclear test site, calling it "a very smart and gracious gesture!".

Pompeo, who met with Kim extensively on two trips to Pyongyang in recent months, separately told CBS that the USA won't give North Korea "a bunch of money" only to have nothing to show for it.

They will be the first such talks since the leaders of the two Koreas agreed to work toward peace and the "complete denuclearization" of the divided peninsula during their landmark April 27 summit, which was held in the border truce village of Panmunjom.

North Korea will destroy its nuclear test site later this month, ahead of a summit with the United States, it said, pledging to blow up its tunnels in front of invited foreign media.

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His move to prioritize economic growth has ended the imminent threat of war, and his summits with Xi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in produced pledges of economic cooperation from both leaders.

The three Americans who were freed from detention in North Korea last week were reunited with their family days after being welcomed back to the states by President Trump and first lady Melania Trump, the Pentagon announced Sunday.

"In the end, North Korea will remain 'a nuclear power packaged as a non-nuclear state, '" Mr. Thae told the South's Newsis news agency.

"Now, the task is for President Trump and he (Kim) to meet to validate the process by which this would go forward, to set up those markers so that we can negotiate this outcome", he said.

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Kim, who picked Beijing to make his maiden official trip overseas in March, has also invited Xi to visit North Korea. "We can create conditions for real economic prosperity for the North Korean people that will rival that of the South, and that is our expectation".

The President called the shutdown an initial step toward the complete denuclearization of North Korea. North Korea is desperately in need of energy for their people. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres credited the sanctions for bringing North Korea to the table, saying in an interview last week they put a "straightjacket" on Kim's regime. Today, President TrumpDonald John TrumpRomney denounces pastor slated to speak at United States embassy in Jerusalem Pentagon finds problems with Kushner-backed health program: report Apple CEO Tim Cook praises Parkland, "Me Too" activists in commencement speech MORE isn't tiptoeing around on eggshells, and his leadership has led to the safe return of three Americans - Tony Kim, Kim Hak Song, and Kim Dong Chul - who had been imprisoned in North Korea for over one year.

And in the event Trump can secure the "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization of North Korea", Pompeo said US investment could be possible, with "private sector Americans coming in" to the North to improve its energy, infrastructure, and agriculture sectors.

The tone of Trump's rhetoric towards Kim has shifted dramatically over the past several months.

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"He's going to be sitting down, which I think is better than not sitting down - particularly when you consider how horrific military action would be".

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