State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino said in a statement Friday that Pompeo spoke Thursday with Japanese Foreign Minister Kono "to discuss next steps on D.P.R.K.
engagement." It added that Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kono "reaffirmed their shared commitment to the final, fully verified denuclearization of the D.P.R.K and to maintaining our close coordination." They also "affirmed the strength of the US-Japan alliance, and committed to strengthening trilateral cooperation with the Republic of Korea on our unified approach toward the D.P.R.K.
Independence: August 15, 1945--Korean liberation from Japan; September 9, 1948--establishment of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (D.P.R.K., or North Korea), marking its separation from the Republic of Korea (R.O.K., or South Korea).
The D.P.R.K. is also thought to earn hundreds of millions of dollars from the unreported sale of missiles, narcotics, and counterfeit cigarettes and currency, and other illicit activities.
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (D.P.R.K. or North Korea) is a source country for men, women, and children trafficked for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor.
The D.P.R.K. regime recruits an unknown number of its citizens to fill highly sought-after jobs overseas for D.P.R.K.
"We are grateful to Director of National Intelligence (James) Clapper, who engaged on behalf of the United States in discussions with D.P.R.K.
(Democratic People's Republic of Korea) authorities about the release of two citizens," Psaki said.
Almost immediately after establishment of the D.P.R.K.
, guerrilla warfare, border clashes, and naval battles erupted between the two Koreas.
There are also reports of North Koreans sent abroad by the D.P.R.K.
government as low-skilled contract laborers to countries such as Mongolia, Russia, and the Czech Republic.
A UN Security Council Resolution in May 1993 urged the D.P.R.K.
to cooperate with the IAEA and to implement the 1992 North-South Denuclearization Statement.
is also thought to earn hundreds of millions of dollars from the unreported sale of missiles, narcotics and counterfeit cigarettes, and other illicit activities.