Donald Trump to seek complete irreversible denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula: White House

Hugh Fox
May 12, 2018

Such a move might force the USA to halt the meeting, a presidential spokesman said yesterday.

Chief diplomats from the United States and South Korea said Friday that a complete denuclearization by North Korea requires robust verification, and that sanctions against Pyongyang would not be lifted unless it took concrete and further steps toward denuclearization.

The three men, along with medical personnel, including a psychiatrist, were cloistered in the middle of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's plane in a small section of 12 seats that was cordoned off by curtains on both ends.

Mike Pompeo with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha at the State Department where they discussed issues surrounding the likely meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.

The Trump-Kim summit is scheduled to take place on June 12 in Singapore.

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On Wednesday (May 9), Mr Trump told reporters the summit would not be held in the DMZ.

Their plane made brief stops at a U.S. air base in Japan and in Alaska en route to Washington.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US will be open to helping North Korea rebuild its economy if Kim Jong Un agrees to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

Kim Hak-song was held on suspicion of "hostile acts" in May 2017.

After a new ICBM test from Pyongyang in November, Trump derides Kim as a "sick puppy", while fears mount that the bellicose rhetoric could trigger a nuclear conflict. They were separately detained in 2017. According to South Korean media, he had been involved in humanitarian work in the North. Kim Dong Chul had been in custody since late 2015.

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. In June 2008, global broadcasters were allowed to air the demolishing of a cooling tower at the Nyongbyon reactor site, a year after the North reached an agreement with the US and four other nations to disable its nuclear facilities in return for an aid package worth about $400 million. She also helps run NKinUSA, an organization her sister founded to help rescue North Koreans from their country and establish new lives.

North Korea also freed USA citizens during visits by former Presidents Bill Clinton, in 2009, and Jimmy Carter, in 2010. He was tortured and starved to death in a North Korean jail.

North Korea has invited the outside world to witness the dismantling of its nuclear facilities before.

Singapore will provide a neutral backdrop for the summit, avoiding some of the security and political challenges associated with a meeting in the Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea.

Political prisoners are often sent to separate prisons - usually brutal labour camps, which involve hard physical work such as mining and logging.

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It says family support is critically important for the returnees, and that allowing them to decompress away from their families is the standard, proven process for all who reintegrate into American society after a period of captivity.

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