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5Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo said on Sun­day that Wash­ing­ton would agree to lift sanc­tions on North Korea if the coun­try agrees to com­pletely dis­man­tle its nu­clear weapons pro­gram, a move that would cre­ate eco­nomic pros­per­ity that “will ri­val” that of South Korea. As Pom­peo spoke on sev­eral Sun­day morn­ing talk shows, the Pen­tagon said three Amer­i­can pris­on­ers freed by North Korea had left Wal­ter Reed Na­tional Mil­i­tary Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Wash­ing­ton and been re­united with their fam­i­lies. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and North Korean’s Kim Jong Un have a planned June 12 meet­ing in Sin­ga­pore. Pom­peo said the U.S. would not be will­ing to in­vest tax­payer dol­lars to help the coun­try, but was will­ing to “lift sanc­tions” to pave the way for pri­vate Amer­i­can in­vest­ment in North Korea’s en­ergy, agri­cul­ture and in­fra­struc­ture sec­tors. “What Chair­man Kim will get from Amer­ica is our finest – our en­trepreneurs, our risk tak­ers, our cap­i­tal providers. … They will get pri­vate cap­i­tal that comes in. North Korea is des­per­ately in need of en­ergy … for their peo­ple. They are in great need of agri­cul­tural equip­ment and tech­nol­ogy,” he said on CBS’ “Face the Na­tion.”

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