China suggests North Korea sanctions relief as Trump, Kim meet

Cheryl Sanders
June 12, 2018

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un committed to complete denuclearization after his meeting with President Donald Trump in Singapore.

A spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry said during a weekly briefing with reporters Monday that Iran views the Trump-Kim summit with "great pessimism", the Times of Israel reports.

Still, after the summit, Trump applauded the North Korean leader and said the people "love" Kim, regardless of Trump's previous remarks denouncing the regime's purported human rights abuses.


China has suggested that the UN Security Council consider suspending or lifting sanctions against North Korea if the country is in compliance with UN resolutions and making progress in diplomatic negotiations.

Beijing has key strategic interests when it comes to North Korea, and has long feared that a collapse of its isolated neighbor could push waves of refugees into northeastern China, or that nuclear war on the Korean peninsula could contaminate swathes of the country.

"I think without the rhetoric we wouldn't have been here. The U.S.is ready, willing, and able, but hopefully, this will not be necessary".


It futher sees the United States and North Korea agree to "establish new relations", and 'join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula'. Trump attributed the move as a cost-saving measure. One of North Korea's stated goals is to establish peace with the US and ultimately see the removal of more than 30,000 USA troops from the Korean Peninsula.

The final point on the document calls for North Korea to work with the United States in helping them recover the remains of prisoners of war and those missing in action - including immediately repatriating any bodies which have already been identified.


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