North Korea sanctions to stay until full denuclearisation, says US

Carla Harmon
June 15, 2018

The United States' top diplomat says that sanctions will remain in place until North Korea ends its nuclear weapons program.

Mr Trump discussed the contents of his and Chairman Kim's meeting and said that the North Korean leader fully understood that he had to denuclearise and that he "didn't fight it".

"Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea", Trump said in another tweet.

The stop in China, which also covered USA trade disputes, was largely meant to ensure Beijing remains committed to enforcing sanctions on North Korea, its neighbor and ally.

Yes, there was a piece of paper that Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed in Singapore, a roughly 400-word statement, just long enough to run onto a second page.


Later, Pompeo traveled to Beijing were he spoke to China's foreign minister Wang Yi. So we will never be able to fully satisfy North Korea short of giving up all of our nuclear weapons.

According to the video, Mr. Trump went down the line shaking hands until he reached North Korean Gen.

Generals from North and South Korea shake hands. In a clip shared by the BBC, Trump is shown meeting various North Korean officials, including a North Korean military general. Trump, a bit awkwardly, responded in kind and they then shook hands. "I hope it's gonna be soon", Mr. Trump told reporters in Singapore after his meeting with Kim.

"The President of the US expressed the possibility of suspending the US-South Korea joint military exercises...and, as progress is made from dialogue and negotiations, lifting sanctions against DPRK", said the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

This has been taken to indicate that the USA would grant concessions to Pyongyang along the way.


Harris, who sported a new mustache and wore a Hawaiian lei as a former PACOM commander based in Hawaii, said, "In my previous capacity, I spoke very strongly about the need to continue military exercises, most notably in 2017". He also said the USA should continue to, in Wang's words, "work through China".

But the USA and North Korean accounts tell a different story from that offered at the summit - of two sides that appear as far apart as ever. "Making unnecessary and unreciprocated concessions is not in our interests-and it is a bad negotiating tactic", McCain said in a statement on Thursday.

He added: 'Certainly it creates conditions for further forward movement and decreases general tensions around the Korean peninsula'.

The senior North Korean official congratulated Putin on his re-election as President and on hosting the 2018 World Cup, calling it "an important opportunity to celebrate the great Russian nation across the world, and also to maintain economic growth and promote physical fitness and sport".

The first that is likely to be on the chopping block is Ulchi Freedom Guardian, an annual exercise typically held in late August or early September that relies heavily on computer simulation and focuses on protecting South Korea from an attack.


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