January 27, 2021

No sanctions relief until North Korea denuclearizes, Pompeo insists

In Seoul, Secretary of State seeks to clarify President Trump's Wednesday comments

The U.S. and its northeast Asian allies are firmly committed to seeing a denuclearized North Korea before any sanctions on the DPRK are relieved, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggested during a press conference in Seoul on Thursday.

Addressing the media alongside South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha and Japanese foreign minister Taro Kono, Pompeo sought to downplay concerns over broad statements made by President Donald Trump this week regarding concessions and the process of North Korea's denuclearization.