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No sanctions relief before North Korea denuclearizes:The Asahi Shimbun

15 Juin 2018

Its Foreign Affairs Ministry at a regular press briefing on Tuesday said the United Nations Security Council resolutions on sanctions required that as North Korea complied with these resolutions, "it is necessary to adjust the sanction measures, including the suspension of relevant sanctions".

Harris also declared his position on what the USA seeks from Kim: "I believe that denuclearisation means complete denuclearisation of [North Korea's nuclear] equipment, equipment research, existing stockpiles and all of that".

North Korea's state news channel on Thursday was the first to broadcast a 42-minute long video from Trump's meeting this week with Kim Jong Un.

The Pentagon is expected to make an announcement about suspending the annual joint drill with South Korea in a press release on Thursday, according to CNN.

Putin noted that the standoff over North Korea "worried the entire world and could entail grave consequences, including a major military conflict".

Pyongyang understood the need for a "quick" denuclearisation process which would be based on "conditions" and "sequencing", Pompeo said following joint talks in Seoul with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts, Kang Kyung-hwa and Taro Kono respectively.

Hailing his meeting with Kim, the first between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader, as a major win for American security, Trump indicated that he expects Pyongyang to follow through on its commitment to work toward denuclearization, Reuters reports.

Other remarks from Trump surrounding his historic meeting with the North Korean leader drew attention this week.

The United States did, however, commit to suspending joint military exercises with South Korea, Trump told reporters before departing the summit site.

Rodman has faced ridicule and criticism for his trips to North Korea, which some US politicians and activists view as serving only as fodder for North Korean propaganda. The next military exercise is scheduled for August, and in years past, has drawn thousands of troops from the U.S., South Korea and other countries.

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 Mr Trump and Mr Kim were trading threats and insults that stoked fears of war.

USA officials said it was unclear what type of training involving US and South Korean troops might now be stopped because of Trump's order to end the "war games", but the massive annual exercises that bring in nuclear-capable ships and warplanes from Guam and other USA bases in the region will likely end.

"President Trump also takes a tough stance against Iran's attempt to arm itself with nuclear weapons, as well as against its aggression in the Middle East".

North Korea blamed botulism and ingestion of a sleeping pill and dismissed torture claims.

Mr Pompeo made clear earlier yesterday in Seoul that sanctions would be lifted only after complete denuclearisation by North Korea.

BISHOP: You know, they did a lot more than they've really I think ever done to pressure North Korea.

Mr Trump sat down with Fox News's Sean Hannity to discuss the negotiations and to speak about the president's previous dealings with Chairman Kim.

No sanctions relief before North Korea denuclearizes:The Asahi Shimbun