The US will assist North Korea with its economy if Pyongyang gets rid of its nuclear weapons, its secretary of state has said.
“If North Korea takes bold action to quickly denuclearise, the United States is prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on par with our South Korean friends,” said Mike Pompeo.
Mr Pompeo said there would need to be “complete” and “verifiable” denuclearisation, suggesting it would involve inspections to ensure the North’s compliance.
“I think there is complete agreement about what the ultimate objectives are,” Mr Pompeo said, though he declined to offer more detail.
He made the announcement at a joint news conference with South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha.
Ms Kang says there must be “airtight” coordination between South Korea and the US ahead of President Donald Trump’s upcoming meeting with Mr Kim.
Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will meet for their historic summit on 12 June.
Mr Pompeo’s comments were made the day after he returned from Pyongyang with three American detainees who had been released by North Korea.
The American said he had “good” and “substantive” conversations with leader Kim Jong Un during his visit.