U.S. will help bring North Korea into 21st century if it gives up nukes, Mike Pompeo says

If North Korea follows through on its pledge to fully give up its nuclear weapons program and end years of hostility toward the U.S. and its allies, American companies stand ready to put tens of millions of dollars into the reclusive country to help bring it into the 21st century, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday morning.

Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” Mr. Pompeo — who recently returned from another set of meetings with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un — said the benefits North Korea can gain by scrapping its nuclear ambitions should be obvious.

“This will be Americans coming in, private sector Americans, not the U.S. taxpayer, private sector Americans coming in to help build out the energy grid … to work with them to develop infrastructure, all the things the North Korean people need,” Mr. Pompeo said, adding that those investments are wholly contingent on the North Koeans granting “what it is the president has demanded.”

What President Trump has demanded is the total elimination of the country’s nuclear program — a process North Korea says is already under way. The country announced over the weekend that it will dismantle a key nuclear site later this month, a decision that Mr. Pompeo called “good news for the American people and for the world.”

The dismantling will come ahead of a historic summit between Kim Jong-un and Mr. Trump next month in Singapore.

 Read more at Washington Times

Current News

Koch Group Pushing Lawmakers for DACA Fix

Koch Group Pushing Lawmakers for DACA Fix

A group backed by the billionaire Republican donors Charles and David Koch is launching an ad campaign urging lawmakers to pass a permanent solution for DACA recipients  Read more

Fate of US-NKorea summit rests with Kim Jong Un

Fate of US-NKorea summit rests with Kim Jong Un

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday he’s “very hopeful” that a planned U.S.-North Korean summit will proceed but laid the fate of the historic meeting squarely with Kim Jong Un, who won’t be reassured by U.S. demands for “rapid denuclearization.”  Read more

Congressional hearing explores freedom of speech crisis on college campuses

Congressional hearing explores freedom of speech crisis on college campuses

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a joint hearing on Tuesday to continue the conversation about freedom of speech on college campuses  Read more

Trump blocking critics on Twitter violates Constitution

Trump blocking critics on Twitter violates Constitution

A federal judge in New York on Wednesday ruled that President Donald Trump may not legally block Twitter users because doing so violates their right to free speech under the First Amendment of the Constitution  Read more

All NFL Players 'Shall Stand And Show Respect' For Flag And Anthem, League Says

All NFL Players 'Shall Stand And Show Respect' For Flag And Anthem, League Says

Unveiling a new policy after months of controversy and debate over players taking a knee or otherwise making statements during the national anthem, the NFL says all of its athletes and staff "shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem" if they're on the field  Read more

Senate panel overwhelmingly approves amendment blocking Trump on ZTE

Senate panel overwhelmingly approves amendment blocking Trump on ZTE

A Senate panel on Tuesday rebuked President Trump's efforts to ease sanctions on the Chinese telecom firm ZTE, which the intelligence community and trade regulators have warned poses a national security risk for the U.S.  Read more