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Pompeo says North Korea sanctions to remain until complete denuclearization

14 June 2018

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a bilateral meeting with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea June 14, 2018.

The secretary insisted that Trump was clear both with Kim and in his post-summit press conference that the military exercises would only be abandoned if "productive, good-faith negotiations" are ongoing.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that there will be no sanctions relief for North Korea until it completely denuclearizes, in response to North Korea's claim that the US had agreed to a "step-by-step" process.

With the president offering North Korea several concessions at the Singapore summit with Kim, including the cessation of military-preparedness training with the South Koreans and the possible removal of USA troops from the Korean Peninsula, critics of the administration say the U.S.is giving China exactly what it wants.

Moon later said South Korea would be flexible when it comes to military pressure on North Korea if it is honest about denuclearization. Donald Trump impersonators were on hand, as was the U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman, who turned up to support his friend Kim Jong Un, but also peddled a cryptocurrency.

The four-minute long video, complete with movie trailer-style voiceover, shows scenes of high-tech societies and everyday America, contrasted with images of traditional and contemporary Korean life, spliced with shots of rockets and North Korean militarism.

Skeptics of how much the meeting achieved pointed to the North Korean leadership's long-held view that nuclear weapons are a bulwark against what it fears are US plans to overthrow it and unite the Korean peninsula.

"Kim Jong Un got respect on the world stage, an end to military exercises between the United States and South Korea, and no timeline to give up nuclear weapons or human rights abuses".

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The U.S. intelligence assessment of the nuclear and other military threat posed by North Korea to U.S. and allied forces in Asia and the northwest Pacific remained unchanged despite Trump and Moon's assertions about the North Korean nuclear threat being over, a senior U.S. official responsible for studying the North Korean military said.

Without drills, the USA forces in South Korea will wither, and if peace talks continue, the very rationale for them will erode as well.

Hours earlier as he sat alongside Kim at the signing ceremony, Trump said the two leaders "have developed a special bond" and that after their several hours of talks Tuesday and the signing of the agreement, he thinks the USA relationship with North Korea "will be very different than in the past". But it "all depends on whether North Korea is serious about denuclearization".

This has been taken to indicate that the USA would grant concessions to Pyongyang along the way. "We have not spoken in depth about this topic between the three foreign ministers today", Kang said.

Combined with an absence of U.S.

In the run-up to the summit, the North's media softened its rhetoric so as not to spoil the atmosphere as Kim prepared to sit down with the leader of the country North Korea has maligned and lambasted for decades as the most evil place on Earth, other than perhaps Japan, its former colonial ruler. Apparently, it's a thing to make your own Hollywood-style trailer for the dictator you are meeting at a historic summit if you are the president of the United States.

Pompeo agreed, saying "We've seen power when China and the USA work together and don't treat the relationship as a zero sum". "Even with intrusive verification, if we suspect North Korea has enough fissile material for 35 weapons, and they declare only 30, we wouldn't be able to find the remaining amount quickly".

South Korean ambassador Baeksoon Lee also said Mr Trump's "bold, top-down leadership" had made this week's landmark Singapore summit possible, heralding a "new chapter of history" that will need to be backed up with concrete and verifiable steps towards North Korean denuclearisation. -South Korean drills was met with concern. The allies were discussing a suspension of the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises scheduled for August, South Korea's MoneyToday newspaper reported Thursday, citing an unidentified defense ministry official. He said he planned to continue sharing the view with Washington and Seoul.

Pompeo says North Korea sanctions to remain until complete denuclearization