US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that there will be no sanctions relief for North Korea until it has denuclearised in a way that is “complete, verifiable and irreversible”.
The US top diplomat was in South Korea on Thursday to brief South Korean President Moon Jae-in on this week’s landmark summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
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.
Pompeo’s comments came after North Korean state media reported on Wednesday that Trump had agreed to a “step-by-step” process, suggesting that North Korea would gain concessions from the US at the same time.
Pompeo had told reporters on Wednesday that the North Korean nuclear disarmament could take two years to complete.
Trump also declared on social media on Wednesday that “there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea”, after his meeting with Kim.
“Everybody can now feel much safer