U.S. Prepared to Offer Economic Aid, Assurances of Security If North Korea Gives Up Nuclear Weapons

The U.S. is prepared to quickly lift sanctions on North Korea and promise its leader, Kim Jong Un, that it would not seek to oust him from power, senior officials said Sunday, sketching out the terms of a possible deal if Kim agrees to give up his nuclear weapons.

In this handout provided by The White House, CIA director Mike Pompeo, left, shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in this undated image in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Credit: The White House via Getty Images)

In this handout provided by The White House, CIA director Mike Pompeo, left, shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in this undated image in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Credit: The White House via Getty Images)

“We will have to provide security assurances” to Kim as part of a nuclear deal, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Our hope is that Kim wants a strategic change, and President Trump is prepared to help.”

U.S. officials emphasized that they are not close to finalizing an agreement with Kim, a month before he and President Trump are scheduled to meet at an unprecedented summit in Singapore. They also stressed that Kim will have to agree to sweeping concessions up front, unlike in previous nuclear deals with Pyongyang that were phased in and ultimately fell apart.

“We’re prepared to open trade and investment as soon as we can,” John Bolton, Trump’s national security advisor, said on ABC’s “This Week.” Before that can occur, he added, “We want to see the denuclearization process so completely underway that it’s irreversible.”

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