‘Sanc­tions stay till de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion’

New Straits Times - - NEWS / REGION -

SEOUL: Tough sanc­tions will re­main on North Korea un­til its com­plete de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion, the United States sec­re­tary of state yes­ter­day said, con­tra­dict­ing the North’s view that the process agreed at this week’s sum­mit would be phased and re­cip­ro­cal.

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is­sued a joint state­ment af­ter their Sin­ga­pore meet­ing that reaf­firmed the North’s com­mit­ment to “work to­wards com­plete de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion of the Korean Penin­sula”, while Trump “com­mit­ted to pro­vide se­cu­rity guar­an­tees”.

Trump later told a news con­fer­ence he would end joint USSouth Korean mil­i­tary ex­er­cises.

“Pres­i­dent Trump has been in­cred­i­bly clear about the se­quenc­ing of de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion and re­lief from the sanc­tions,” Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo said af­ter meet­ing South Korea’s pres­i­dent and Japan’s for­eign min­is­ter here.

“We are go­ing to get com­plete de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion. Only then will there be re­lief from sanc­tions.”

North Korean state me­dia re­ported on Wed­nes­day that Jongun and Trump had recog­nised the prin­ci­ple of “step-by-step and si­mul­ta­ne­ous ac­tion” to achieve peace and de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion on the Korean penin­sula.

The sum­mit state­ment pro­vided no de­tails on when North Korea would give up its nu­clear weapons pro­gramme or how the dis­man­tling might be ver­i­fied.

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