Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Pompeo: No Sanctions Relief for North Korea Before Complete Denuclearization

Pompeo: No Sanctions Relief for North Korea Before Complete Denuclearization

The US has long resisted calls from North Korea and China for dual suspension, saying that the bilateral, planned, and transparent military drills are legal while North Korea's nuclear program is not.

"It is something that (North Korea) very much appreciated".

After Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walk down a colonnade to shake hands, the pair walk together into a room with various members of Kim's delegation, the video shows.

The summit in Singapore did mark a reduction in tensions - a sea change from last fall, when North Korea was conducting nuclear and missile tests and Trump and Kim were trading threats and insults that stoked fears of war. In agreeing to the summit, Trump risked granting Kim his long-sought recognition on the world stage in hopes of ending the North's nuclear program.

Trump and Kim had signed an agreement at the end of their summit in which they pledged to open a new chapter of relations, establish peace and work towards North Korea's complete denuclearisation.

Trump's tweets pointed to one of the chief gains at the summit from the United States point of view - that its scheduling and the establishing of a relationship between the President and Kim have eased fears that the two sides are on a slide toward a disastrous war.

But he also said he would love to bring the United States military out of South Korea because of the cost, adding that while it was not now part of the discussion, "at the appropriate time, it will be".

After arriving back in the United States, the president also tweeted that "everybody can now feel much safer".

North Korea is known to have hundreds of facilities related to the development of nuclear and chemical weapons, and advanced missile systems.

The likelihood of Kim Jong Un launching a first strike against the US, thereby bringing on "fire and fury", was low.

Pompeo had said Wednesday that Trump "made it very clear that the condition precedent for the exercises not to proceed was productive, good-faith negotiations being ongoing".

"Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea", he continued. And so do the North Koreans.

Tokyo is working on arranging a meeting between the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, and Kim, with one possibility being an Abe visit to Pyongyang around August, the Yomiuri newspaper reported.

In the aftermath of the Singapore summit, the anti-Trump talking point is that Trump accomplished nothing of effect.

A government source familiar with the matter told Reuters that Japanese officials planned to discuss the summit with North Korean officials at an global conference on Northeast Asian security to be held in Mongolia on Thursday and Friday. Already, North Korea has criticized the US and South Korea's military drills, saying they're not helpful for peace talks.

"We are going to get out of the war games that cost so much money", he said referring to the USA participation in joint military exercises with South Korea. "But the issues of the alliance should be dealt with under the premise we maintain joint ironclad defense posture".

Trump made his comments Tuesday aboard Air Force One on his return from Singapore, where he'd met with Kim and hailed the North Korean leader as a "smart" and "funny guy" who "loves his people".

The U.S. leader stressed that existing U.S. sanctions will remain in place until North Korean nuclear weapons "are no longer a factor". US defense analysts have said Kim retains as many as 60 nuclear bombs and a range of missiles, including some he says can strike the U.S. -South Korean exercises appeared off-limits under the new guidance. He said he would bring back United States troops and save a lot of money. That is not going to happen.

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