Disarmament before sanctions relief: U.S. and allies

Casey Dawson
June 15, 2018

The press briefing came after Pompeo held a meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono in Seoul to brief the officials of the outcome of the US-North Korea summit held Tuesday in Singapore.

Hosting Kim Yong Nam, North Korea's ceremonial head of state, Putin said the historic summit with the U.S. president was "without doubt just the first step towards a full-blown settlement". "North Korea has great potential for the future!"

In the four-point joint statement, North Korea committed only "to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

The two clasped hands for a long while Tuesday as they posed for photos in front of a row of USA and North Korean flags.

Defense Minister Song Young-moo and his US counterpart James Mattis held 30-minute telephone talks from 7:30 p.m. (Korea time) on Thursday to exchange views over the exercises, including the summertime Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG).

Trump said not only was a pullout not discussed, the USA "is not drawing down at all".

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Rubio added that if a treaty with North Korea is proposed, the Constitution outlines the necessary role of Congress in that process, which was bypassed in the Obama administration's Iran deal.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States wants North Korea to take major nuclear disarmament steps within the next two years.

"We're hopeful that we can achieve that in, what was it, the next two-and-a-half years", Pompeo said. The trilateral cooperation among the United States, South Korea and Japan has been crucial to the effectiveness regarding our efforts regarding our efforts related to the denuclearization of North Korea.

The envelope was conveyed to senior official Kim Yong Nam, who heads the presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly in North Korea, and given to Putin in Moscow. Pompeo visited Seoul to provide briefings about the U.S.

In Washington on Wednesday, Trump, back from his first encounter with Kim, hailed the Singapore summit as a major win, declaring the DPRK no longer poses a nuclear threat. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.

Pompeo, who earlier yesterday met with officials from Japan and South Korea in Seoul, said that all four nations "have made very clear that the sanctions, and the economic relief that North Korea will receive, will only happen after full denuclearization".

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