Sanctions On North Korea To Be Lifted Only With 'Final' Denuclearisation: US

| July 8 , 2018 , 15:24 IST

Ending two days of intense discussions in North Korea's capital Pyongyang, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday from Tokyo said that the sanctions placed on North Korea would be lifted only after the "final" denuclearisation of the nation.

"Sanctions will remain in place until final, fully verified denuclearisation as agreed to by Chairman Kim (Jong Un) occurs," Pompeo said.

The statements from Pompeo came amidst North Korean accusations of "gangster-like" behaviour on the part of the US.

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Although North Korea agreed for denuclearisation, its view was of a lengthy process of undefined multilateral disarmament of the entire Korean peninsula, as compared to a unilateral dismantlement of its nuclear arsenal.

Pompeo defended the demands for unilateral disarmament claiming that the demands were backed unanimously by the UN Security Council.

"If those requests were gangster-like, the world is a gangster, because there was a unanimous decision at the UN Security Council about what needs to be achieved," he said.

The latest trip of Pompeo to North Korea had been made to flesh out the denuclearisation commitments made during the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un last month in Singapore.

After Pompeo's visit,  North Korea released an official statement expressing disappointment.

"It seems the US misunderstood our goodwill and patience," the statement said.

"We thought that the US side would come with a constructive proposal... But this expectation and hope of ours was so naive as to be gullible," the statement added.