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NEW YORK Top U.S. di­plo­mat Mike Pom­peo said Sun­day that eco­nomic sanc­tions on North Korea won’t be re­duced un­til it com­pletes “de­nu­cle­ariza­tion” af­ter leader Kim Jong Un of­fered to close the North’s main nu­clear site in ex­change for U.S. con­ces­sions.

Kim said last week at a sum­mit with South Korea’s pres­i­dent that he was will­ing to dis­man­tle the Ny­ong­byon nu­clear com­plex in the pres­ence of out­side in­spec­tors if the U.S. takes un­spec­i­fied “cor­re­spond­ing mea­sures.” But U.S. of­fi­cials have yet to sig­nal a readi­ness to pro­vide the kind of in­cen­tives Py­ongyang wants.

Pom­peo also wouldn’t say whether the U.S would con­sider a dec­la­ra­tion on end­ing the Korean War as a sign of re­duced U.S. “hos­til­ity.”

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