US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that North Korea will not see any economic sanctions lifted till it confirmed ‘complete denuclearisation’.
Mr. Pompeo made these remarks while speaking at a press conference in Seoul with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts. His statement comes days after US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un held a historic summit in Singapore.
Both leaders also signed a statement assuring to start a new relationship. Mr. Kim also reiterated its previous promises to work on the road to the ‘complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula’.
However, there has been deep scepticism about the agreement as it lacked detail on how North Korea would give up its nuclear weapons and how that process will be confirmed.
Why he traveled to South Korea?
Mr. Pompeo has gone from Singapore to South Korea to brief the US’s regional allies on the summit. He also wants to know them about Mr. Trump’s surprise announcement that he was finishing routine US-South Korea military drills.
He further said that the summit had proved a turning point in the relationship between the US and North Korea. Mr. Pompeo also rejected a report by North Korean state media which states that the US would grant concessions to Pyongyang for gradual progress.
He said the US stayed, “committed to achieving the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of North Korea”.
These exact terms not specified in the joint statement signed by Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim in Singapore. It only made reference to complete denuclearisation.
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