U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday said that talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were “warm” and that the U.S. previously had many enemies which were now “close” partners.
Pompeo made the remarks at a press conference with his South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha in Washington, after returning from his second trip to Pyongyang.
“They were good conversations. Our conversations were warm, we were each representing our two countries,” Pompeo told reporters.
“We talked about the fact that America has often in history had adversaries that we are now close partners with.”
The secretary of state went on to say that he hoped Pyongyang chooses the “right path”, indicating that there would be economic incentives for doing so.
“There is a future brimming with peace and prosperity for the … North Korean people. America’s track record of support for the Korean people is second to none,” Pompeo added.
“If North Korea takes bold action to quickly denuclearize the United States is prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on the par with our South Korean friends.”
Pompeo returned from North Korea in the early hours of Thursday morning, with three U.S. citizens who had been detained in the DPRK.
The secretary of state had gone to finalize details of a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim, which will take place on June 12 in Singapore.
While Pompeo seemed optimistic about the upcoming negotiations, he also maintained that North Korea would have to submit to a clear verification program to make sure it was keeping to any denuclearization commitments.
“It will require a robust verification program and one that we will undertake with partners around the world,” Pompeo said.
The DPRK’s change of direction and apparent willingness to discuss its nuclear program has been met with some skepticism in Washington, with many wondering if the U.S. and North Korea are defining “denuclearization” the same way.
“I think we have a shared vision for what we hope, when this process is completed, the Korean peninsula looks like, I think we have a good understanding and I think there’s complete agreement of what the ultimate objectives are,” Pompeo said.
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