Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

U.S. will not ease sanctions until North Korea denuclearises - Secretary of State

U.S. will not ease sanctions until North Korea denuclearises - Secretary of State

"President Trump has been incredibly clear about the sequencing of denuclearisation and relief from the sanctions", Mr Pompeo said after meeting South Korea's president and Japan's foreign minister in Seoul.

Fresh from talks in Seoul with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts on Thursday, Pompeo took a short flight west to Beijing for ta meeting with his Chinese counterpart.

"When we refer to the mistakes of the past". "We are going to get complete denuclearisation; only then will there be relief from the sanctions".

On the issue of sanctions imposed on North Korea, Trump said, "The sanctions will come off when we are sure that nuclear missiles are no longer a factor", adding that he is looking forward to lifting them off.

Most Western observers have said the deal includes no new commitments from North Korea nor details on how denuclearisation could be achieved or verified.

The declaration signed at the end of the summit said the two countries would co-operate towards "new relations", while the U.S. would provide "security guarantees" to North Korea.

Pompeo said he doesn't know the exact timing.

Mr Pompeo said the brief, four-point joint statement that emerged from the summit did not encapsulate all the progress the USA and North Korea had made. With the headline: "Meeting of the century opens new history in DPRK-US relations", the North's ruling Workers Party official daily Rodong Sinmun splashed 33 pictures across four of its usual six pages.

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Trump said the United States would stop military exercises with South Korea while North Korea negotiated on denuclearisation.

"This is a matter that military officials from South Korea and the United States will have to discuss further and coordinate", Kang said.

The Pentagon is expected to make an announcement about suspending the annual joint drill with South Korea in a press release on Thursday, according to CNN. -South Korean military alliance remains strong, and they will continue to closely consult on all joint security decisions.

The MND on Tuesday said the North had proposed the two sides discuss "issues related to the alleviation of military tensions and elimination of the danger of war on the Korean peninsula in accordance to the Panmunjom Declaration".

"I congratulate US President Donald Trump for the historic summit in Singapore", Netanyahu said in a statement. He's defending Trump's tweet just after returning from Singapore in which he said the world can "sleep well tonight" and that "there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea". "President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most risky problem". That was interpreted as meaning the US would grant concessions to North Korea concessions along the way despite longstanding USA insistence that it would not.

"Right now, the USA and South Korea are not engaged [on troop withdrawal], and we're the only ones who make up our mind on this", he said.

Showering praise on the North Korean leader, Trump said, "It takes a lot of courage to give up weapons and take to the path of peace".

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