No North Korea sanctions relief until complete denuclearisation, says Pompeo

GettyKim Jong Un and Donald Trump

GettyKim Jong Un and Donald Trump

Yes, there was a piece of paper that Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed in Singapore, a roughly 400-word statement, just long enough to run onto a second page.

A summit could take place in August in the North Korean capital Pyongyang or during an area economic meeting in Vladivostok, Russia in September.

Gen. Kim Do-gyun, center, speaks to the media before leaving for the border village of Panmunjom to attend South and North Korea meeting, at the Office of the South Korea-North Korea Dialogue in Seoul, South Korea, today.

Beijing is Pyongyang's sole major ally and main trading partner, but it has backed the United Nations sanctions.

Newly released video footage from North Korean state media shows President Donald Trump returning a salute to a North Korean military general during this week's summit in Singapore, an extraordinary display of respect from a US president to a top officer of a hostile regime.

"China has reaffirmed its commitment to honoring the U.N. Security Council resolutions. Those have mechanisms for relief contained in them, and we agreed that at the appropriate time that those would be considered", Pompeo said. "We are going to get complete denuclearization".

President Donald Trump on Wednesday claimed the parents of a Korean War soldiers asked for his help in returning the remains of their son during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The president had previously mocked Chairman Kim during public appearances and regularly referred to him as "little rocket man" and said he was on a "suicide mission".

After meeting with Kim, many were surprised when Trump spoke about joint military exercises, what he called "war games", with South Korea.

"The sequence will be different this time", the top U.S. diplomat told reporters at the joint press conference with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts in Seoul.

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North Korea did win several concessions from Trump, who agreed, also outside the joint statement, to stop joint US-South Korean military exercises, without first consulting Seoul. Second, China's policy of acting like a "frenemy" of the USA would be jeopardised if North Korean-American tensions spiralled out of control, hurting China's economic growth as well its potential influence in the region.

Regarding the joint exercises, Kang only said at the press conference, "This is an issue that involves the [South] Korea-U.S. alliance". Large-scale exercises are done to ensure that evolving tactics, procedures and plans can be carried out smoothly and that USA and South Korean forces are in sync.

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"We will provide additional information when it is available", Logan said.

He praised Kim as "a very smart guy" and "a great negotiator", saying that "I think we understand each other".

Harris reiterated that sanctions should not be loosened until North Korea makes progress, but he declined to say when in that process sanctions relief should happen.

"Despite its many flaws", Cha wrote, "the Singapore summit represents the start of a diplomatic process that takes us away from the brink of war".

When Ulchi Freedom Guardian was announced past year, the US military called it a "computer-simulated defensive exercise created to enhance readiness".

The White House has said that the maneuvers were suspended "in a show of good faith", for as long as productive negotiations with the North continue, and that "regular readiness training and training exchanges" will continue.

In Pyongyang, commuters crowded round the spread of images, for majority the first they had seen of the summit. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said he anxious about fissures opening up between the United States and South Korea. "The world should rest assured that the United States, the Republic of Korea and Japan remain committed to achieving the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea".

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