The U.S. government’s denuclearization roadmap regarding North Korea is taking concrete shape at a rapid pace.
The roadmap calls for providing immediate economic compensation for the North in exchange for comprehensive denuclearization based on transfer of its nuclear warheads, nuclear materials and ICBMs to Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
National Security Advisor John Bolton said at an interview on May 13 (local time) that the U.S. government’s permanent, verifiable and irreversible dismantling (PVID) means every nuclear weapon should be dismantled and transferred to Oak Ridge and uranium enrichment and plutonium reprocessing capabilities should be removed. This is the first time that the U.S. government mentioned a specific place in its territory to store North Korea’s nuclear facilities and materials to be dismantled.
The U.S. government began to mention specific economic compensations for the North as well. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States can prepare conditions for North Korean people’s economic prosperity comparable to South Korea although American taxpayers’ money cannot be spent on the North. He also remarked that the United States can help the North expand its power grids, build infrastructure and develop its agricultural industry by means of private-sector investment from the U.S. to the North.