Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

United States to North Korea: No Sanctions Relief Until Permanent, Verifiable Denuclearization

United States to North Korea: No Sanctions Relief Until Permanent, Verifiable Denuclearization

He said talks with Mr Kim on Wednesday had been "warm", "constructive", and "good" and he made clear if North Korea gets rid of its nuclear weapons in a permanent and verifiable way, the USA is willing to help the impoverished nation boost its economy and living stands to levels like those in prosperous South Korea. That will be the first time leaders of the USA and North Korea have ever met face-to-face. US President Donald Trump will meet Kim on June 12 in Singapore.

On Thursday, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence praised Kim Jong Un for making moves toward peace, but expressed caution.

He made the announcement at a joint news conference with South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha.

"We are bewildered by the incessant calls of the United States and their allies 'to continue to increase pressure on North Korea" even while Pyongyang shows readiness for a constructive dialogue on the Korean crisis settlement", the ministry said in a statement. He said past efforts to denuclearize North Korea had failed because of hasty rewards and the same mistakes should not be repeated.

According to him, his conversation with North Korean leader Kim Jong-UN was a "good and meaningful".

The pair, he said, talked "about how it is he wishes to proceed and if he's prepared, in exchange for the assurances that we're ready to provide him, if he is prepared to fully denuclearize".

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Pompeo didn't go into details, but he suggested the USA could help the North Korean economy if it were no longer a nuclear threat.

Therefore, she added, any change in the size of the U.S. forces in the South Korea should not be on the table at the summit.

"If Chairman Kim chooses the right path, there is a future brimming with peace and prosperity for the North Korean people", he said, adding that the United States had a track record of support for the Korean people that was "second to none".

"We reaffirmed that our goal is to achieve the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula", she added, promising "air-tight" coordination.

"We talked about the fact that America has often in history had adversaries who we are now close partners with and our hope that we could achieve the same with respect to North Korea".

After her talks with Pompeo, she took pains to "emphasize again that the US military presence in Korea is a matter for the ROK-US alliance first and foremost". "Those words are important, but we'll see what they mean".

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