US. South Korea express hopes on US-North Korea summit

US. South Korea express hopes on US-North Korea summit

WASHINGTON, May 12 – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and visiting South Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said here Friday that they are looking forward to the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean top leader Kim Jong-un, China´s Xinhua news agency reported.

During a joint press conference with his South Korea counterpart Kang, Pompeo said “we look forward to our continued preparations with North Korea to make the summit in Singapore on June 12th, a true success for the American and Korean people and for the world.”

“The release of these three citizens helps set the conditions for a successful meeting,” Pompeo said.

The White House on Wednesday confirmed the release of three US citizens detained in North Korea, saying US President Donald Trump appreciates the release and views it as “a positive gesture of goodwill.”

Kang of South Korea said that the Trump-Kim summit “would be a historic opportunity for resolving the nuclear issue and securing enduring peace on the Korean Peninsula.”

“We reaffirmed that our goal is to achieve the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula,” she added.

Also on Friday, White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders told the media that the summit “is certainly a process that has moved in the right direction,” adding that the US side “plan for a full day of meetings on the 12th with some time reserved to carry over if necessary,” presumably confirming earlier reports that the summit will be a day long, possibly extending to the second day.

“Certainly the best outcome would be an agreement for complete and total denuclearization,” she said, “but this is the beginning part of these conversations … And we’ve been pretty upfront about that.”

“We’ve seen some signs of goodwill” from North Korea, she added.