N. Korea says, it called for partial sanctions relief

Mar 01, 2019, 4:19 AM EST
The North's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho said that Kim Jong-un made “realistic” proposals to the U.S. President.
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Within hours after the U.S.-North Korea talks fell apart on Thursday, Pyongyang contradicted U.S. President Donald Trump over his claim that its leader Kim Jong-un called for complete sanctions relief in return for disabling its main nuclear complex.

The North's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho said that Kim made “realistic” proposals to Trump, asking for lifting of those sanctions that “hamper the civilian economy and the livelihood of N. Korean people,” writes the BBC.

Yang-ho added that N. Korea’s stance on denuclearization offer will not change in future and that an opportunity like the Hanoi summit might not come again. The collapse of the second talks between Trump and Kim is a result of the two leader misreading each other’s intentions, notes The Guardian.

The Hanoi summit burst Trump’s bubble of a “close personal bond” with the N. Korean despot, making it clear that the two leaders are not on the same page when it comes to the interpretation of denuclearization and the bargains they are willing to make.