Sanctions will not be lifted until ‘complete denuclearization’ of North Korea, says US

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States would not repeat the mistake of suspending sanctions on North Korea before the country’s complete denuclearization.

Pompeo emphasized that the United States, South Korea and Japan are committed to the complete and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, saying that the United States will not repeat the previous mistake of withdrawing economic sanctions prior to denuclearization.

Earlier, the North Korean state news agency KCNA reported that US President Donald Trump would have told North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during the meeting between the two leaders that Washington intended to suspend sanctions against Pyongyang.

The North Korean leader said that in order to reach the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, the United States and North Korea should avoid confrontation and take measures to ensure stability, according to the KCNA.

On Tuesday, Trump and Kim held a historic meeting in Singapore. As a result, they signed a document that included an agreement to establish new bilateral relations as well as the decision to join efforts to “build a lasting and stable peace regime in the Korean peninsula”.

Pyongyang reaffirmed its commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, while the United States pledged to provide security guarantees for the region.

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However, despite refusing to lift sanctions until the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, US President Donald Trump has said there is no longer any nuclear threat from North Korea.

“It has been a long journey, but now the whole world can feel more secure than the day I took office. There is no more nuclear threat on the part of North Korea,” Trump wrote in his Twitter account.

“The meeting with Kim Jung-un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential in the future!”

At the end of Tuesday’s meeting, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un signed a joint paper. According to him, Washington guarantees Pyongyang security in return for North Korea’s commitment to continue with denuclearization of the peninsula.

In addition, according to a statement from the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Trump accepted Kim Jong-un’s invitation to visit North Korea. In turn, Kim agreed to visit the US.

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