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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in this undated photo released on May 9, 2018 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang

    State Department Refutes 'Pompeo's Plan' on Economic Aid for North Korea

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    US State Department spokeswoman appeared to dismiss an interpretation of top diplomat Michael Pompeo's promise of a brighter future for North Korea that allegedly involved US economic assistance.

    "Misleading headline," State Department’s Heather Nauert tweeted. "If DPRK denuclearizes, they could have a brighter future one day, which could include international trade, investment and visitors from around the world," she wrote, using an abbreviation for North Korea.

    Pompeo said earlier at a meeting with his South Korean counterpart that Washington was ready to help North Korea "achieve prosperity" if it gave up nuclear weapons. The Fox News channel published a report saying the North would receive US economic help.

    Trump's meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12 will be the first summit between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader. They are expected to focus on denuclealization as a way of ending UN, US, and EU economic sanctions on the Communist state.

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