Pompeo: No sanctions relief for N Korea until denuclearisation

The two leaders shake hands as the summit begins

On Wednesday, Trump declared through a series of tweets that North Korea was no longer a nuclear threat.

Although human rights were not included in the joint statement signed by Trump and Kim, the United States president said he raised the issue and he believed the North Korean leader wanted to "do the right thing". "Only then will there be relief from the sanctions".

Speaking at a news conference, the U.S. President expressed his intention to halt the joint military drills while talks between Pyongyang and Washington were ongoing, describing them as "war games". A professor at the University of Notre Dame, Michael Desch, who has written about the civilian leadership of the USA military, wasn't too concerned about the salute, although it seemed unusual to him. "They are fighting hard to downplay the deal with North Korea".

Pompeo flew from Seoul to China's capital, Beijing, later Thursday for a meeting with President Xi Jinping, whose country is believed to wield considerable influence with North Korea as its chief ally and economic lifeline.

Prompted by reporters in Seoul on Wednesday on if he would like to accomplish major nuclear disarmament within Trump's current term, which ends on Jan 20, 2021, Pompeo said, "Oh yes, most definitively".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says President Donald Trump's comment about North Korea no longer posing a nuclear threat was made "with eyes wide open". He said both sides had agreed that sanctions would not be eased until that's achieved.

"Wang, who said the summit held in Singapore held "great historic significance", also said it was a path to a "new start".

Pompeo said he doesn't know the exact timing.

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"China has reaffirmed its commitment to honoring the UN Security Council resolutions".

National Security Adviser and retired soldier Paul D Eaten, who served more than 30 years in the United States army said the move was "wholly inappropriate for the Commander in Chief".

The documentary is nearly explicitly through Kim's perspective as it follows his journey to Singapore-Trump doesn't appear until halfway through the documentary.

In response to Menendez on Thursday, Harris praised Trump's effort to bring the North Korean leader "to his senses, not to his knees", a reference to favouring diplomatic action over military deterrence towards Pyongyang.

The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Trump offered to lift sanctions against it as relations improve, indicating a phased-in approach where concessions would be provided at various stages of the denuclearization process. Trump returned the salute.

The issue of human rights was notably absent from the joint statement signed by Trump and Kim at their five-hour summit on Tuesday.

So Pompeo had some explaining to do as he traveled to Seoul to brief the allies on what transpired in Singapore.

North Korea blamed botulism and ingestion of a sleeping pill and dismissed torture claims. -South Korean military alliance remains strong, and they will continue to closely consult on all joint security decisions.

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