US Ready to ‘Engage Immediately’ with NKorea
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he has invited NKorea’s foreign minister to meet with him next week to continue discussions on efforts to get the North to abandon its nuclear weapons.
He also says The Trump Administration had invited NKorean officials to meet in Austria with the new US special envoy for NKorea “at the earliest opportunity.”
In his statement Wednesday, Secretary of State Pompeo said commitments made at a Summit between the leaders of North and SKorea were positive enough that the US “is prepared to engage immediately in negotiations to transform” relations with NKorea.
Secretary Pompeo’s statement came after the North and SKorean leaders met for a 3rd Summit and declared that progress had been made in efforts to normalize relations.
The leaders of North and SKorea announced a wide range of agreements Wednesday which they said were a major step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula.
Compared to the vague language of their 2 summits earlier this year, Chairman Kim and SKorean President Moon Jae-in agreed in their 2nd day of meetings to an ambitious program meant to tackle soaring tensions last year that had many fearing war as the North tested several increasingly powerful weapons.
Chairman Kim promised to accept international inspectors to monitor the closing of a Key missile test site and launch pad and to visit Seoul soon, and both leaders vowed to work together to try to host the Summer Olympics in Y 2032.
“We have agreed to make the Korean Peninsula a land of peace that is free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threat,” Chairman Kim said.”The road to our future will not always be smooth and we may face challenges and trials we can’t anticipate. But we aren’t afraid of headwinds because our strength will grow as we overcome each trial based on the strength of our nation.”
Chairman Kim and President Moon earlier smiled and chatted as they walked down a hallway and into a meeting room to finalize the joint statement, which also said that the leaders would push for a Korean Peninsula without nuclear weapons and to “eliminate all the danger of war.” Both leaders planned to visit a volcano sacred to the North Thursday, the last day of President Moon’s visit.
The leaders of the rival Koreas took to the road for the final day of their Summit Thursday, standing on the peak of a beautiful volcano considered sacred in the North, their hands clasped and raised in a pose of triumph.
Their trip to the mountain on the NKorean-Chinese border, and the striking photo-op that will resonate in both Koreas, followed a day of wide-ranging agreements they trumpeted as a major step toward peace.
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