South and North Korea to Hold Meeting for Peace on May 16

Momentum continues to build between Washington and Pyongyang, with the US promising to provide security assurances and private investment conditionally, a month ahead of a historic summit between US President Donald Trump and Democratic People's Republic of Korea leader Kim Jong-un. "Clearly, the ballistic missiles program, as with Iran, with the intention of being a delivery system for nuclear weapons - that's gotta go".

Besides making surprising advances in its missile capabilities in 2017, North Korea's leadership has focused on peddling its significance to its own society and culture: the regime revised its constitution in 2012 to tout its nuclear ambitions, and despite saying it no longer needs to conduct nuclear tests, its nuclear capabilities still remain an essential part of Kim's domestic and global clout.

"New properties purchased in the restricted areas by non-local residents can only be sold two years after the housing sales contract is signed", the statement said, citing a set of new rules introduced by the local government to ensure the "stable and healthy" growth of the city's property market.

Pompeo also offered more details on what a path to prosperity for North Korea would look like with direct investment by the United States if Kim agrees to Washington's demands.

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Pompeo added that the USA "will have to provide security assurances" to Kim as well. But he said the USA would not be willing to invest taxpayer dollars to help the DPRK.

Lisa Collins, a fellow with the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, said it is still too early to tell what will be accomplished in the first meeting between Trump and Kim.

The Yomiuri Shimbun report also noted that during Kim's visit, he had asked Xi for some form of economic assistance during the intermediate phase of disarmament, should his regime and the United States come to an agreement.

Pompeo said the USA would "work with them to develop infrastructure, all the things that the North Korean people need, the capacity for American agriculture to support North Korea so they can eat meat and have healthy lives".

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"I've been on the job about five weeks", Bolton said.

Pompeo said Trump is in a unique position.

Pompeo added that Kim follows the Western press and "he's paying attention things the world is saying".

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