Offbeat Pompeo: US will not ease sanctions until N. Korea denuclearizes

06:11  14 june  2018
06:11  14 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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The US plans to keep economic sanctions in place until North Korea eliminates its nuclear weapons capability yet is prepared to offer “unique” guarantees to ease the regime’s security concerns, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

She said the USA delegation would be led by Sung Kim, a veteran diplomat who recently held talks with North Korean officials. The U . S . will keep economic sanctions in place until North Korea eliminates its nuclear weapons capability, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, delivering a stern

UPDATE: Pompeo says despite North Korean state media's claim, US will not ease sanctions until the North denuclearizes.

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The U . S . plans to keep economic sanctions in place until North Korea eliminates its nuclear weapons capability yet is prepared to offer “unique” guarantees to ease the regime’s security concerns, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. Here’s What We Know of North Korea ’s Economy.

"There is a very wide gap between the US and North Korean negotiating positions, and finding common ground will require a sustained diplomatic process with high-level buy-in from U . S . Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, U . S ., June 7, 2018.

EARLIER: WASHINGTON — America and the world can "sleep well tonight," President Donald Trump declared on Wednesday, boasting that his summit with Kim Jong Un had ended any nuclear threat from North Korea though the meeting produced no details on how or when weapons might be eliminated or even reduced.

While Trump claimed a historic breakthrough at the most significant diplomatic event of his presidency, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, was more measured. He said the U.S. wants North Korea to take "major" nuclear disarmament steps within the next two years — before the end of Trump's first term in 2021.

Pompeo also cautioned that the U.S. would resume "war games" with close ally South Korea if the North stops negotiating in good faith. The president had announced a halt in the drills after his meeting with Kim on Tuesday, a concession long sought by Pyongyang.

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Contact us . The summit between the two leaders, scheduled for 9 AM local time (6:30 AM Indian time) on Tuesday, will be a crucial test of Trumps bet on North Korea .

“ North Korea has previously confirmed to us its willingness to denuclearize , and we are eager to see if those worlds prove sincere,” Pompeo said. Pompeo says U . S . sanctions on the North will remain in place until the North denuclearizes , but he has warned that if diplomacy fails to move in the right

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 Trump and Kim were trading threats and insults that stoked fears of war. Kim is now promising to work toward a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

But the details of what is sure to be a complex and contentious process have yet to be settled.

Despite the uncertainties, Trump talked up the outcome of what was the first meeting between a U.S. and North Korean leader in six decades of hostility. The Korean War ended in 1953 without a peace treaty, leaving the two sides in a technical state of war.

"Just landed - a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office," Trump tweeted early Wednesday. "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future!"

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States will not lift economic sanctions against North Korea until Pyongyang fully eliminates its Experts say the talks could run into trouble because the US and North Korea hold different understandings of what it means for the latter to denuclearize .

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States will not lift economic sanctions against North Korea until Pyongyang fully eliminates its Experts say the talks could run into trouble because the US and North Korea hold different understandings of what it means for the latter to denuclearize .

Pompeo, who flew to Seoul after the summit, said the brief, four-point joint statement that emerged from the summit did not encapsulate all the progress the U.S. and North Korea had made. He said negotiations would recommence "in the next week or so."

He bristled at questions from reporters about the vague wording of the statement where North Korea "commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" — a promise it has made several times before in the past 25 years and reneged on. Pompeo said Kim understands that "there will be in-depth verification" in any deal with the U.S.

"We have big teams ready to go," including experts from the U.S. and other partners around the world, Pompeo said. "We're prepared to execute this once we're in a position that we can actually get to a place where we can do it."

On Thursday, the rival Koreas held rare high-level military talks to discuss reducing tensions across their heavily fortified border. It's possible North Korean officials will seek a firm commitment from the South on stopping its military drills with the United States.

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denuclearize , the United States is prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on par with our South Korean friends," Pompeo said as the two Kang said the international community will not ease or lift sanctions on North Korea until the world sees visible and meaningful action by

Press TV- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States will not lift economic sanctions against North Korea until Pyongyang fully Experts say the talks could run into trouble because the US and North Korea hold different understandings of what it means for the latter to denuclearize .

Seoul's Defense Ministry said the talks would focus on carrying out agreements from a summit between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in where they vowed to take materialized steps to reduce military tensions and eliminate the danger of war.

It was left to Pompeo, who has twice visited Pyongang, to explain the summit's outcome to anxious U.S. treaty allies South Korea and Japan. In the South Korean capital, Pompeo and the foreign ministers from both countries joined for a three-way meeting, ignoring a shouted question from a journalist about concerns over the halt in military exercises.

In public, at least, South Korea's leader sought to put a positive spin on the summit's outcome. Meeting briefly with Pompeo on Thursday morning, Moon said he was eager to hear how the United States and North Korea could "fully and expeditiously implement this great agreement" in the coming days.

"The summit was a truly historic feat which moved us from the era of hostility towards the era of dialogue, of peace and prosperity," Moon said through a translator

Pompeo, the former CIA director, planned to fly to Beijing later Thursday to update the Chinese government about the talks.

While Trump was facing questions at home and among allies about whether he gave away too much in return for too little, North Korean state media heralded claims of a victorious meeting with the U.S. president. Photos of Kim standing side-by-side with Trump on the world stage were splashed across newspapers.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States will not lift economic sanctions against North Korea until Pyongyang fully eliminates its Experts say the talks could run into trouble because the US and North Korea hold different understandings of what it means for the latter to denuclearize .

Until North Korea has completely denuclearised , Pompeo said, “ sanctions will remain”. He added Trump recognized North Korea ’s “desire for security”, adding that the US was also prepared to “ensure that a North Korea free of weapons of mass destruction is also a secure North Korea ”.

Trump's own chest-thumping tweet seemed reminiscent of the "Mission Accomplished" banner flown behind President George W. Bush in 2003 when he spoke aboard a Navy ship following the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The words came back to haunt the administration, as the war dragged on throughout Bush's presidency.

Trump's claim that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat is questionable considering Pyongyang's significant weapons arsenal.

Independent experts say the North could have enough fissile material for between about a dozen and 60 nuclear bombs. Last year it tested long-range missiles that could reach the U.S. mainland, although it remains unclear if it has mastered the technology to deliver a nuclear warhead that could re-enter the atmosphere and hit its target.

"Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea," Trump tweeted. "President (Barack) Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most dangerous problem. No longer - sleep well tonight!"

Actually, concerns about North Korean missiles and nuclear weapons reached a peak last year, during Trump's first year in office, as the North conducted more tests and Trump and Kim aimed ever more fiery rhetoric at each other.

Christopher Hill, chief U.S. negotiator with North Korea in the George W. Bush administration, suggested in an interview that it's "a little premature" for Trump to say Kim is someone the U.S. can trust.

"Kim Jong Un has proved to be a pretty ruthless leader in North Korea, and I'm not sure this sort of speed dating of a 45-minute one-on-one meeting ... would suggest that there's nothing to be concerned about," he said.

U.S. Insists Sanctions Will Remain Until North Korea Denuclearizes

  U.S. Insists Sanctions Will Remain Until North Korea Denuclearizes “We are going to get the complete denuclearization,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. “Only then will there be relief from sanctions.” Sign Up For the Morning Briefing NewsletterHis remarks were intended to reassure the American allies Japan and South Korea and refute reports in North Korea’s state media that the United States had agreed to ease sanctions against the North. They were also a clear appeal for cooperation from Beijing, where Mr. Pompeo was set to visit on Thursday night.Mr. Pompeo huddled with the foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan in Seoul two days after Mr.

Jun.11 -- The U . S . will keep economic sanctions in place until North Korea eliminates its nuclear weapons capability, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at a news conference in Singapore, delivering a stern message to Pyongyang ahead of US Steel revives facility closed since 2015.

“If North Korea takes bold action to quickly denuclearize , the United States is prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on the par with our South Korean friends,” Pompeo told a news conference after talks with his South Korean counterpart in Washington.

When asked Wednesday whether Trump was jumping the gun by declaring victory, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters: "This president wants North Korea to completely denuclearize so obviously that has to be complete, verifiable and irreversible.

Freezing the regular military exercises with South Korea is a major concession to North Korea that has long claimed the drills were invasion preparations. Trump's announcement appeared to catch the Pentagon and officials in Seoul off guard, and some South Koreans were alarmed. Trump cast the decision as a cost-saving measure, but also called the exercises "inappropriate" while talks continue.

Pompeo, speaking to reporters just after he arrived in Seoul, said he was there when Trump talked about it with Kim, and the president "made very clear" that the condition for the freeze was that good-faith talks be ongoing. He told reporters that if the U.S. concludes they no longer are, the freeze "will no longer be in effect."

"He was unambiguous about that," Pompeo said.

In North Korea on Wednesday, Pyongyang's first reports on the summit stressed to the nation's people that Trump had agreed to Kim's demand to halt the military exercises and suggested that Trump also said he would lift sanctions as negations progressed.

"President Trump appreciated that an atmosphere of peace and stability was created on the Korean Peninsula and in the region, although distressed with the extreme danger of armed clash only a few months ago, thanks to the proactive peace-loving measures taken by the respected Supreme Leader from the outset of this year," the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency said in a summary of the meeting.

In Japan, the prospect of canceled U.S.-South Korean drills was met with concern.

"The U.S.-South Korea joint exercises and U.S. forces in South Korea play significant roles for the security in East Asia," Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters Wednesday. He said he planned to continue sharing the view with Washington and Seoul.

The U.S. has stationed combat troops in South Korea since the end of the Korean War and has used them in a variety of drills. The next scheduled major exercise, involving tens of thousands of troops, normally would be held in August.

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Lederman reported from Seoul, South Korea. Anne Flaherty and Noreen Nasir in Washington, Foster Klug and Adam Schreck in Singapore, Eric Talmadge in Pyongyang, Kim Tong-hyung in Seoul and Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo contributed.

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