North Korea sanctions remain until total denuclearization

Jun 14, 2018, 5:30 AM EDT
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses the press.
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Dismissing the reports that claimed Washington would grant concessions to N. Korea for gradual progress in disarmament, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reaffirmed that the sanctions on the Asian state will remain until complete denuclearization.

Pompeo’s remarks apparently contradict Pyongyang’s interpretation that the denuclearization process would involve “step-by-step and simultaneous action,” as agreed in principle in the joint agreement during Singapore summit, notes Reuters.

Observers admit that the historic summit may have calmed fragile peace and security situation in the Korean peninsula while criticizing the Trump administration for playing into the hands of Pyongyang by agreeing to its vague definition of disarmament, writes The Guardian.