However, Korean relations, which had improved dramatically since the beginning of the year, entered a new period of uncertainty as the United States and South Korea resumed military drills near North Korea's shores.
The newspaper noted North Korean officials remember that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was killed in a Western-backed overthrow in 2011 after he gave up his nuclear program eight years earlier.
Mr Trump said at a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday that the North must meet conditions for the summit to go ahead, and that "denuclearisation must take place".
In requesting the exemption, Gafoor said, "The summit will serve as an opportunity to advance the objective of a peaceful resolution of the DPRK nuclear issue and the establishment of peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and in the region".
Pompeo steered away from that comparison, but said the U.S. wants "rapid denuclearisation, total and complete, that won't be extended over time". "It is indeed not our model".
Speaking before the House Foreign Affairs Commitee on Wednesday, the U.S. secretary of state said talks between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are "still scheduled for June 12" despite reports of differences between the two sides.
In exchange for denuclearisation, Kim wanted "economic help from America in the form of private sector business's knowledge and know-how" as well as security guarantees, he said.
"There is already good basis and necessary conditions at the moment", Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters at a joint news conference at the State Department with Pompeo. "It's time to solve this once and for all". If you want peace, now is the time.
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Trump said he didn't want to "totally commit" himself on whether North Korea should denuclearize all at once or in phases.
To date, North Korea has taken few concrete steps beyond halting the nuclear and missile tests that ratcheted up tensions previous year.
The group includes an Associated Press Television crew. Even so, it is not an irreversible move and would need to be followed by many more significant measures to meet Trump's demands for real denuclearization. Pompeo said denuclearisation would cover nuclear weapons, missiles, engines and systems related to space launch rockets, production of fissile material and associated technology and research.
Pompeo's reformulation of the US demands was presaged by Trump on Tuesday, when a reporter asked if Kim could be expected to give up his nuclear capabilities all at once.
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Pompeo didn't define what "credible steps" by North Korea might look like, giving the administration leeway to make that decision later - and possibly to declare victory from a summit without an unambiguous timetable from North Korea.
"We still have lots of work to do to find common ground", he said.
The summit would offer a historic chance for peace.
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