U.S. offers to help rebuild N Korea economy if it denuclearises

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The announcement comes ahead of a planned historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, set for June 12 in Singapore. "We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!" he tweeted. However, a final attempt by Bush to complete an agreement to fully dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons program collapsed that December when the North refused to accept US -proposed verification methods.

"The United States and the Republic of Korea are committed to achieving the permanent, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", Pompeo said during the joint press conference.

Pompeo's plane is expected to arrive at Andrews first, followed by a military medical plane carrying the three men who had been imprisoned. "We know who we are dealing with here", said Victoria Coates, of the National Security Council. "This is a wonderful thing that he released the folks early".

Their release came during a visit to Pyongyang by Mr Pompeo to arrange details of the meeting between Mr Trump and Mr Kim.

"It is extremely important for North Korea to normalize diplomatic relations with Japan to walk along the right track as part of worldwide society, while accepting its requirements". Such a move might force the U.S. to halt the meeting, a presidential spokesman said yesterday.

President Donald Trump has already outdone his predecessors on North Korea by pulling together a global coalition to tighten sanctions, winning the release of three USA prisoners and arranging for a summit with Kim Jong Un.

Trump would love to be compared with Ronald Reagan and his historic summits with the former Soviet leader MIkhail Gorbachev, which resulted in a Cold War-era arms treaty. They were separately detained in 2017.

Suki Kim, investigative journalist & award-winning author of "Without You, There is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North Korean Elite". He was later convicted of stealing a propaganda poster and sentenced to 15 years hard labor.

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The three appeared to be in good health on their release.

"They don't like being on the sideline for anything close to them, and nothing is closer to them than North Korea".

Bonnie Glaser is an Asia expert at Center for Strategic and International Studies.

In terms of denuclearization, Pompeo said "it's pretty clear what that means", saying "it would be an activity that" made sure "we didn't end up in the same place that we'd ended up before".

American Vice President Mike Pence agreed.

Pompeo and other U.S. officials have repeatedly said they are seeking North Korea's permanent verifiable denuclearization, while North Korean officials have said that they have already achieved their nuclear objectives.

Mr Shin said the North would have preferred other countries that were on the shortlist such as China, Russia, and Mongolia, but the U.S. would have minded their positions as global rivals or as an unfamiliar third party.