Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Mike Pompeo warns North Korea sanctions will not be lifted before denuclearisation

Mike Pompeo warns North Korea sanctions will not be lifted before denuclearisation

US President Donald Trump (2nd R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (2nd L) sign documents as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) and the North Korean leader's sister Kim Yo Jong (L) look on at a signing ceremony during the US-North Korea summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

Sputnik: There seems to be some confusion about the sanctions with yesterday Trump saying they remain and North Korea claiming they're gone, where do they stand on this now then?

"But we have made very clear that the sanctions and the economic relief that North Korea will receive will only happen after the full denuclearisation, the complete denuclearisation of North Korea".

As for his next step or whether he will reach out to the White House to inquire more about their Destiny Pictures, Castaldo says he's still trying to absorb the whole situation. "No longer - sleep well tonight!"

North Korean viewers had to wait nearly 20 minutes into the program for Trump's first appearance.

If implemented, the halting of the joint military exercises would be one of the most controversial moves to come from the summit.

Now, when questioned about the human rights abuses in North Korea, the President has defended "tough guy" Kim.

Hyundai Asan, the inter-Korean business arm of Hyundai Group, previously operated a joint tour programme at Mount Kumgang, a scenic mountain resort on North Korea's east coast.

The move - long demanded by Pyongyang - has been seen as a major concession to North Korea and appeared to take U.S. allies in the region by surprise.

"We have big teams ready to go", including experts from the USA and other partners around the world, Pompeo said. Kim visited Beijing prior to the announcement that he would meet with Trump, and subsequently met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping again before the summit was held in Singapore.


He also announced an unexpected end to US-South Korea military drills.

Donald Trump left this week's summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un having granted a huge last-minute concession: promising to stop what he called "war games" with South Korea.

Kim Do-gyun, the South's lead negotiator who is in charge of North Korea policy at the defence ministry, told reporters before departing for the DMZ that he and Ahn would explore ways to ease military tensions and the schedule of a ministerial meeting.

North Korean state media reported on Wednesday Kim and Trump had recognized the principle of "step-by-step and simultaneous action" to achieve peace and denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.

"So amusing to watch the Fake News, especially NBC and CNN", the president tweeted.

Combined with an absence of U.S.

Mark Castaldo, the boss of California-based Destiny Pictures, says he has no idea why a credit his company appeared at the start of the film.

Reminiscent of a movie trailer, the film shows images of warplanes and artillery while a narrator suggests in English and Korean that "a new world can begin today, one of friendship, respect and goodwill". He said he planned to continue sharing the view with Washington and Seoul.

USA officials said it was unclear what types of training involving US and South Korean troops might cross into Trump's now forbidden zone of "war games". The drill, held since the 1970s, usually takes place in August.

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