Washington stressed that sanctions would only be lifted after a complete denuclearization, contradicting reports on North Korea’s state-run media.
Trump and Kim’s handshake Photo credit: Dan Scavino Jr., Wikimedia Commons
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday his country will need to be “flexible” regarding its military pressure on North Korea following Kim Jong-un’s commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
“If North Korea were to dismantle its nuclear program, and if the dialogue with South Korea and the United States to minimize hostilities continues to progress, it would be right to significantly decrease the military pressure placed on Pyongyang by the spirit of the Panmunjom Declaration,” Moon said.
He added that South Korea will “consider” its military cooperation with the US, after President Donald Trump unexpectedly ordered to suspend joint drills.
Kim on Wednesday was greeted with “applause” upon his return to North Korea, a state-run news station has reported. It was also reported that Trump had agreed to lift all sanctions on North Korea – a claim quickly contradicted by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“We’re going to get denuclearization,” Pompeo said. “Only then will there be relief from the sanctions. He (Trump) has said this from the very beginning.”
Following Tuesday’s historic summit in Singapore, a poll conducted by Reuters found that more than half of Americans support Trump’s handling of the North Korea issue, though only about a quarter truly believe the summit will lead to denuclearization.