North Korea sanctions to stay until full denuclearisation, says US

Leroy Wright
June 15, 2018

The US, China, South Korea and Japan agree that sanctions imposed on North Korea will not be lifted until it can show complete disarmament, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said yesterday, pushing back against North Korean suggestions that penalties would soon start being relaxed.

As news outlets around the world broadcast live footage from the summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, TVs in Kim's North Korea were blank.

"The defense chiefs of South Korea and the United States have had in-depth" discussions over the allies' combined military exercises, following U.S. President Donald Trump's recent remarks that he will stop "provocative war games", Seoul's defense ministry said Friday.

An didn't get his history right - top North Korean military official Hwang Pyong So, in uniform, stepped into the southern side of Panmunjom on August 2015 for talks with South Korean government officials.

Moon later said South Korea would be flexible when it came to military pressure on North Korea if it was honest about denuclearisation. "And we have thousands of people that have asked for that - thousands and thousands of people". Many observers say the agreement does little to reduce North Korea's stockpile of weapons.

A government source familiar with the matter told Reuters that Japanese officials planned to discuss the summit meeting with North Korean officials at an global conference on Northeast Asian security to be held on Thursday and Friday in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Trump was flanked in the larger meeting by chief of staff John Kelly, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton.

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"We're hopeful that we can achieve that in, what was it, the next two-and-a-half years", Pompeo said.

"The world should rest assured the United States, Republic of Korea and Japan remain committed to achieve complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea", he said.

The military talks had been initially slated for May, but were postponed after the North called off another planned high-level meeting in protest against U.S.

During his post-summit press conference, Trump admitted that he may be wrong about Kim's willingness to denuclearize. Gen. Kim Do-gyun, with the five-member North Korean delegation represented by Lt. Gen.

"Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea", he continued.

North Korea fired at least two missiles over Japan previous year as it sought to develop a weapon capable of reaching the USA mainland with a nuclear warhead.

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