Pompeo Says US Won’t Lift Sanctions on DPRK Before Complete Denuclearization

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States will not repeat mistake of lifting sanctions on North Korea before complete denuclearization.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed that the United States, South Korea and Japan are committed to complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of Korean Peninsula, saying that the US will not repeat earlier mistake of lifting economic sanctions on North Korea before complete denuclearization.

Pompeo noted that President Donald Trump was very clear about the sequencing of North Korea’s denuclearization, with any easing of sanctions reserved for when Pyongyang gets rid of all nukes.

“We are going to get complete denuclearization. Only then will there be relief from the sanctions,” he assured reporters after a trilateral foreign ministers’ meeting in Seoul, South Korea.

Meanwhile, South Korea’s foreign minister said at a briefing with her US counterpart that US military presence on the Korean peninsula will remain a key deterrent despite a turnaround from tensions in the US-North Korean relationship.

“Secretary [of State Mike] Pompeo and I reaffirm that ROK-US alliance… is robust as ever, that the US forces in Korea has played and will continue to play a crucial role for deterrence and peace and stability on the Korean peninsula,” Kang Kyung-hwa said after a US-South Korea-Japan meeting of foreign ministers…

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