U.S. may help North Korean economy in possible nuclear disarmament deal

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is seen at Peace House of the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone South Korea on April 27

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is seen at Peace House of the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone South Korea on April 27

Neither has happened. Trump has not negotiated new bilateral trade deals with any of the 11 countries involved and those nations have been unwilling to reopen the negotiations to help the U.S.

"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 said.

The foreign minister also ruled out any easing of sanctions against North Korea in the near future.

Since the April 27 summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his North Korean counterpart, Kim Jong-un, President Donald Trump has sought, unsurprisingly, to portray himself as the mastermind behind inter-Korean diplomacy.

But both Kang and Pompeo insisted that they agreed on the need for the "total, complete, permanent and verifiable" denuclearization of the divided peninsula.

It would turn out to be my second visit to the isolated, authoritarian nation.

But some other Americans who were imprisoned in North Korea described harsh experiences, mirroring what more than 100,000 political prisoners may be enduring there each day.

But this was something completely different: an under-the-radar, secret mission with only two American reporters as independent witnesses. "HERE'S WHY", published in The Washington Post. He was flown back to the United States in a vegetative state and died soon afterward.

"We are rocking, we are rocking", he told the crowd in a large arena.

We left in a two-van motorcade from the underground parking garage for Joint Base Andrews outside Washington. "And I really believe it's going to be a great thing for North Korea, a great thing for South Korea and Japan".

His Korean Air flight never reached its destination but instead landed near the North Korean city of Wonsan after being hijacked by a passenger South Korea later identified as a North Korean agent.

Notwithstanding the secret arrangements for Pompeo's return trip, we wouldn't be the first to report it. The men walked without assistance to the US government plane that flew them out of Pyongyang and were in the air less than an hour after leaving custody.

Relatives say past South Korean governments ignored the issue while chasing inter-Korean summits or were reluctant to revisit a time when the country failed repeatedly to protect its own citizens. One possibility is that he will confront Kim on North Korea's fluid definition of "denuclearization". We climbed aboard a Chevy van.

The families say their decades-long struggle to bring home their loved ones has been ignored by Pyongyang and successive governments in Seoul.

Others had more grueling experiences. Also new were the stoplights.

Mostly bored, we waited for news over endless cups of coffee. He was later deported.

After Pompeo finally returned from his 90-minute meeting with Kim, he gave a "fingers-crossed" response.

Officials traveling with Pompeo include White House National Security Council senior director for Asian affairs Matt Pottinger, State Department policy planning director Brian Hook, and acting Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Heather Nauert. We'll hold them to those steps.

Coates said that North Korea handing over details about its existing program would "set us up with a greater chance of success, anything that they would like to do, but we haven't been signaling preconditions up until this point". Standing on the tarmac in the wee hours of Thursday morning and staring at a live feed of the prisoners' return on my iPhone while Trump greeted them hundreds of yards away, that sense returned.

In 2000, I had written a story comparing Pyongyang to a real-life version of "The Truman Show", the 1998 film about a man living in a reality created for television.