North Korea sanctions remain until complete denuclearisation, says US

Angelo Anderson
June 14, 2018

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo underlined the position on sanctions and nuclear weapons in talks in Beijing with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, after meeting his South Korean and Japanese counterparts in Seoul earlier in the day.

-South Korea joint military exercises on Tuesday, after a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Forty percent say the former real estate developer should take the most credit, followed by South Korean President Moon Jae-in with 11 percent.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, center, and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha. "Only then, there will be a relief from the sanctions".

President Trump described his meeting with Kim as a resounding success and in a tweet said, "There is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea".

During the one-on-one, Mr Trump defended his previous approach in handling Kim, which saw the USA president ridicule the North Korean leader for having a smaller "nuclear button" than him.

The meeting was the first between a North Korean leader and a sitting United States president and ended with a vaguely worded joint pledge to work towards "complete denuclearisation" of the peninsula.

Skeptics of how much the meeting achieved pointed to the North Korean leadership's long-held view that nuclear weapons are a bulwark against what it fears are USA plans to overthrow it and unite the Korean peninsula. Earlier today, North Korean state media reported that Trump made concessions to Kim that were not in the statement signed by the leaders - including Trump agreeing to "the principle of step-by-step and simultaneous action" rather than the USA administration's prior demands for rapid denuclearization. "These are nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that have the capability of reaching the United States", Rubio said.

"But we have made very clear that the sanctions and the economic relief that North Korea will receive will only happen after the full denuclearisation, the complete denuclearisation of North Korea".

Of course, it's no surprise that North Korean outlets would paint a picture of Kim dictating to the American president, but the factual discrepancies in the two accounts are exactly why there were concerns about Trump and Kim talking one-on-one, with only their interpreters present.

The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Trump offered to lift sanctions against it as relations improve, indicating a phased-in approach where concessions would be provided at various stages of the denuclearization process. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. North Korea's Kim Jong-un left Singapore at around 11:20 PM yesterday, . and he is expected to have arrived in North Korea this morning.

Harris stressed that even if some exercises are paused temporarily, "our alliance commitments to South Korea remain and are ironclad", but added that, "we do need to create some breathing space for the negotiations to continue". The current leader, Kim Jong Un, he did go to school in Europe, he's a little bit more wordly than his predecessors.

He also said the USA hopes to achieve "major disarmament" by North Korea within the next 2.5 years, and there won't be sanctions relief before then.

"It's important that we don't lose sight of the fact that Kim Jong Un is a butcher and he is a butcher of his own people", Senator John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican, said Tuesday.

Japanese officials are planning to unofficially consult with North Korean officials during a two-day worldwide conference in Mongolia through Friday.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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