U.S. offers to help rebuild North Korea economy

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The U.S. has nearly 30,000 soldiers stationed in the country.

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

The Panmunjom Declaration was announced on April 27 after the third inter-Korean summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un, agreeing to complete denuclearization and the adjustment of the current armistice agreement to a peace treaty by the end of this year.

Pompeo stressed the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula would require a "robust verification" program by the U.S. and other countries.

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The recent flurry of diplomatic activity was nearly unimaginable for most of a year ago, when the North ripped off a torrid run of weapons tests, including an underground detonation of a purported thermonuclear warhead and three separate tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles with a range that could strike the continental United States.

Mr Trump had previously suggested that the demilitarised zone between the two Koreas could be a venue for his meeting with Kim, before ruling it out on Wednesday.

The remarks signaled how upbeat the Trump administration has become about the possibility that the Trump-Kim meeting will result in a secure commitment from the reclusive regime to give up its nuclear weapons program, even though Kim so far hasn't committed to anything that his father and predecessor didn't promise - and renege on - in the past.

Pompeo said the USA would "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". Moon has so far stayed firm on sanctions, and he offered vocal support to Trump's pressure campaign past year during the North's weapons tests.

KELEMEN: Yeah. I mean, he spent more time with Kim Jong Un than any other USA official for sure. Lately, Trump and Kim have had a "warming of relations" that may extend to changes in nuclear weapons.

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Last month, the North Korean leader met with South Korean President Moon-Jae-in.

Pompeo said he had "good, substantive" conversations with Kim in Pyongyang and believed both sides understood the ultimate goal of the summit. Those measures were announced because of his country's repeated nuclear and missile tests. We don't hear those same kind of words from North Korea.

The administration has also been able to point out to North Korea that it can open up its country to capital markets and to the world. A poll cited in Chosun Ilbo on Friday found that nine of ten South Korean companies are interested in doing business in South Korea.

Abrahamian noted that banks and financial companies will have concerns about the business climate in the North. "If North Korea has really chose to denuclearise, it has no reason not to invite them". This might prove appealing to clothing manufacturers and light industry.

"North Korea's diplomacy has always been a repeat of hardline and appeasement", Thae said. The North Korean government sees the outside world with distrust and restricts its own people from contacting that world.

Pompeo's offer to provide economic aid comes as the US and North Korea are preparing for a historic summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump, which will take place in Singapore on June 12.

The possibility of peace in Korea has raised expectations that economic conditions in East Asia will soon improve.

Trump's national security adviser John Bolton recently said, when it comes to denuclearization of North Korea, "We have very much in mind the Libya model".

The South Korean government has already suggested developing modern railroads that would connect the Korean Peninsula to China and Russian Federation.

By my next visit to the DMZ in 2005, the area was flooded with buses full of South Korean tourists.

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