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PYONGYANG, May 10, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Photo provided by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 10, 2018 shows Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), talking with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (not in the picture) on May 9, 2018. Kim Jong Un expressed confidence that his upcoming summit meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump would be a historic one. (Xinhua/KCNA/IANS) by .
Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)(Xinhua/KCNA/IANS)

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday that the US and South Korea are ready to help North Korea to achieve prosperity if it takes “bold” action in denuclearisation….reports Asian Lite News

WASHINGTON, April 26, 2018 (Xinhua) -- File photo taken on April 12, 2018 shows that Mike Pompeo testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for his nomination to become the secretary of state on the Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., the United States. The U.S. Senate on April 26 narrowly confirmed Mike Pompeo as the new secretary of state to replace Rex Tillerson. (Xinhua/Ting Shen/IANS) by .
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (Xinhua/Ting Shen/IANS)

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday the US will provide security assurance to North Korea’s top leader Kim Jong Un, if the country could achieve denuclearisation.

In an interview with Fox News, Pompeo said, “We will have to provide security assurances to be sure,” referring to the US commitment to Pyongyang’s regime security.

“This has been the trade-off that has been pending for 25 years. No president has ever put America in a position where the North Korean leadership thought that this was truly possible that the Americans would actually do this,” he explained.

Pompeo also said on Friday that the US and South Korea are ready to help North Korea to achieve prosperity if it takes “bold” action in denuclearisation.

PYONGYANG, May 10, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Photo provided by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 10, 2018 shows Kim Jong Un (R), top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), shaking hands with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on May 9, 2018. Kim Jong Un expressed confidence that his upcoming summit meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump would be a historic one. (Xinhua/KCNA/IANS) by .
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on May 9, 2018. (Xinhua/KCNA/IANS)

“Now, the task is for President Trump and he to meet to validate the process by which this would go forward, to set up those markers so that we can negotiate this outcome,” he said.

Speaking of Pyongyang’s earlier statement to dismantle its nuclear site, Pompeo said it is “good news” and “one step along the way.”

Pompeo said that “there’s still a great deal of details to be worked on” in this regard.

“In the coming weeks, we will continue to work on that so we can be in a good spot on June 12th in Singapore for President Trump,” he said.

“I think Chairman Kim understands that. I think he appreciates the fact that this is going to have to be different and big and special, and something that has never been undertaken before.”