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Koreas in close consultations ahead of N. Korea-US summit

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"This will be Americans coming in - private sector Americans, not the United States taxpayer - private sector Americans coming in to help build out the energy grid", he said.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on "Fox News Sunday", "Our eyes are wide open with respect to the risks, but it is our fervent hope that Chairman Kim wants to make a strategic change". They will get private capital that comes in. After decades of hostility and threats of nuclear attacks, these new developments between US, North Korea and South Korea are groundbreaking, and hint at finally achieving some hope of reconciliation in the Korean peninsula, after almost seventy years of enmity.

Economic aid from the USA may even be a possibility, should the June 12 summit between Kim and President Donald Trump result in a denuclearization deal, according to some analysts. It would perhaps be best for the world community to take a more realistic view of the meeting as there are clear indications that the U.S. and North Korea are going into the meeting with divergent stances.

Officials at the North Korean Embassy in Singapore have been tight-lipped since the Southeast Asian city state was chosen as the venue for historic talks between their leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump last week.

South and North Korea reportedly plan to conduct high-level talks this week as the estranged nations work towards a peace deal, the South Korean Unification Ministry said.

Pompeo said Trump is in a unique position. "We are just not briefing you about it", the official added.

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Pompeo added that the U.S. "will have to provide security assurances" to Kim as well. He claims to have shut down a nuclear research facility that already was on its last legs. "It means getting rid of the uranium enrichment and plutonium processing capabilities".

John Bolton, the president's national security adviser, described the types of steps that North Korea would need to take as part of a denuclearization process, including the potential involvement of a processing center in Tennessee.

Bolton said in an interview with CNN's "State of the Union" that North Korea should not "look for economic aid from us".

And Wang said the ruling Chinese Communist Party is likely to continue imposing United Nations sanctions imposed last December, despite a recent rapprochement between President Xi Jinping and Kim Jong Un.

Abe will also press Trump to bring up the abduction issue during his meeting with Kim.