U.S. to help N Korea's economy if it abandons nuclear weapons

The talks will take place at the Peace House in the truce village of Panmunjom

The talks will take place at the Peace House in the truce village of Panmunjom

The President's chief of staff, John Kelly, said that before the meeting with the DPRK leader Kim Jong-UN, U.S. President Donald trump will "look" to the North Korean head of it did not disappoint.

It said the North will invite journalists from the United States, South Korea, China, Russia and Britain to witness the dismantling process.

Three Korean-Americans who were detained in North Korea for more than a year were greeted by President Donald Trump beneath a giant American flag after they returned to the mainland USA early Thursday.

Mike Pence said, "What Kim Jong Un has said publicly and in discussions is that he is prepared, he is prepared to negotiate to achieve complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula".

President Donald Trump speaks as he stands with Tony Kim, second left, Kim Dong Chul, center right, and Kim Hak Song, right, three Americans detained in North Korea for more than a year, after they arrived at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., May 10, 2018.

Of course, what that right path is varies according to interpretation and there are indications that North Korea and the USA are far apart on some issues, with the US insisting on a "robust verification program" that assures the regime carries out the agreement.

The North's announcement comes days after Washington announced that the historic summit between Kim and Trump will be held June 12 in Singapore.

Pompeo said Friday the United States aspires to have North Korea as a "close partner" and not an enemy, noting that the USA has often in history become good friends with former adversaries.

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Since an ad hoc 1953 armistice put an end to active hostilities between the North and the South, South Korea has emerged from devastation to become a leading world economy. He brought home three American prisoners freed by Kim in what Pompeo said was an important gesture that helped pave the way for the meeting.

The pair, he said, talked "about how it is he wishes to proceed and if he's prepared, in exchange for the assurances that we're ready to provide him, if he is prepared to fully denuclearize".

South Korea's Kang shared in Pompeo's optimism and was at pains to insist that there is no daylight between how Washington and Seoul are approaching the talks.

But he stressed that this would require a "robust verification" programme by the United States and other nations. Their release has been "heralded as a potential breakthrough toward denuclearizing the Korean peninsula". It has developed into one of Asia's most affluent nations.

Hardliners in the North are believed to see possession of a nuclear weapon as a guarantee against US-led efforts to topple Kim's regime.

"Everyone thinks so", he said, "but I would never say it".

However, his comments made clear that the two sides remained far apart on the key issue of what they mean by denuclearisation.

Amid concerns that North Korea will demand the US withdraw its troops from neighboring South Korea, Kang emphasized that the US military presence there must be "a matter for the US-ROK alliance first and foremost", using an acronym for South Korea's official name, the Republic of Korea.

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