Mike Pompeo urges Kim Jong Un to follow Vietnam's example

Last Updated: Jul 09 2018 19:33

On Sunday, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged North Korea to follow the example of Vietnam, saying President Donald Trump believed Pyongyang could replicate Hanoi’s path to normal relations with Washington and to prosperity.

Speaking to business executives in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi, Pompeo said he hoped the United States could one day share the same level of partnership with North Korea as it did with Vietnam, a long-time former enemy.

His comments followed two days of frosty talks in Pyongyang aimed at persuading Kim to give up nuclear weapons, which prompted North Korean accusations he had used “gangster-like” diplomacy.

“The fact that we’re co-operating – and not fighting – is proof that when a country decides to create a brighter future for itself alongside the United States, we follow through on American promises,” Pompeo said.

“The miracle could be your miracle,” Pompeo said of North Korea and its leader.

“The United States has been clear on what we seek from North Korea...,” Pompeo said. “The choice now lies with North Korea and its people.

“If they are able to do this, they will be remembered, and Chairman Kim will be remembered, as a hero of the Korean people.”