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US hopes North Korea will become close partner, Pompeo says

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, left, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrive for a media availability at the State Department, Friday, May 11, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
May 11, 2018 - 9:49 PM

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States aspires to have North Korea as a "close partner" and not an enemy.

Pompeo says he told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un of that hope when he visited Pyongyang earlier this week to finalize details of the upcoming summit between Kim and President Donald Trump and to secure the release of three imprisoned Americans.

The secretary of state says he made clear to Kim that if North Korea gets rid of its nuclear weapons in a permanent and verifiable way, the U.S. is willing to help the impoverished nation boost its economy and living stands to levels like those in prosperous South Korea.

Pompeo spoke Friday at a joint news conference with South Korea's visiting foreign minister.

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