Pompeo: North Korea wants United States economic help


The United States and South Korea are laboring to keep the highly anticipated US summit with North Korea on track, even after President Donald Trump abruptly said "there's a very substantial chance" it won't happen as scheduled.

A South Korean government transport plane carrying the country's journalists arrived in Wonsan just a couple of hours before their expected departure.

The nation's top diplomat has said that the United States is still working toward holding a historic summit with North Korea on June 12 in Singapore.

"Now maybe nothing happened, I'm not blame anybody".

"We'll see what happens".

Pompeo said Kim also "wanted security assurances from the world, the end of the status that sits between South and North Korea, with the eventual goal of a peace treaty".

He said he had raised it with Kim "and it will be part of the discussions as we move forward".

"I think that the president has belatedly figured out that claiming the possibility that talks will occur as a victory in and of itself - and having supporters chant about the Nobel Prize to him - was premature in the extreme", said Chris Preble, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute.

He added that if they were not met, "we won't have the meeting".

"There's a very substantial chance it won't work out".

Trump said Tuesday he believed Kim was earnest in his nuclear vows.

But a White House spokesman, Raj Shah, says the U.S.

Pompeo on Monday detailed 12 demands that Trump expects Iran to meet as part of a new deal he hopes to negotiate, and that the US would impose the toughest sanctions in history to bring that about. "North Korea (DPRK) summit will truly be successful and whether the complete denuclearization of North Korea (DPRK) will be realized", he said.

And the North threatened to abandon the planned Trump-Kim meeting over United States insistence on denuclearising the peninsula.

"I have every confidence that he will be able to make a historic turnaround in this sense".

"I don't like that", he said.

But the prospect of immediately resuming inter-Korean talks remains to be seen, as North Korean negotiators might be busy with preparing for the US-North Korea summit scheduled to take place on June 12.

US experts said that it demands time and patience to achieve rapprochement between the DPRK and the United States.

The US president said that Kim should, for his own good, strike a deal to get rid of its nuclear weapons in exchange for economic opportunities.

The president would not confirm whether he has had any direct talks with Kim Jong Un.

There was euphoria when the planned summit with the US was announced but since then there have been doubts on both sides. South Korea welcomed the process of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. "He will be safe, he will be happy, his country will be rich, his country will be hardworking and very prosperous". "It postponed the inter-Korean ministerial, and separately complained about (National Security Advisor John) Bolton's influence on Trump". A number of elite North Koreans also defected in recent years. "The United States wants almost immediate denuclearization; the North wants it in phases". The South Korean journalists went to Beijing to travel with the full group but were left behind and eventually returned to Seoul as the North refused to grant them visas.

A White House team is heading to Singapore this weekend to work on logistics for President Donald Trump's planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.