Pompeo: No North Korea sanctions relief until complete denuclearization

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un participate in a signing ceremony Tuesday during a meeting in Singapore

The United States has long insisted on complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization by North Korea but, in the summit statement, North Korea committed only to the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", phrasing it has used in the past.

US President Donald Trump says his historic talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that ended in a joint agreement were "tremendous".

"It said: "The two top leaders gladly accepted each other's invitation, convinced that it would serve as another important occasion for improved DPRK-US relations", it said, referencing the country's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea".

Lasting peace has obvious benefits for China, especially in bolstering the development of its rust-belt and landlocked northeast which borders North Korea and would suffer in the even of conflict.

"We're going to denuke North Korea", Trump told VOA contributor Greta Van Susteren, adding that USA troops stationed in South Korea will remain in place, but announcing one concession long-sought by North Korea was included in the document signed earlier in the day.

Pompeo is expected in Beijing later on Thursday to update Chinese officials on the Singapore summit.

After North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il died in 2011, his son, Jong Un, was named the head of the nation and went on to purge other family members from the party.

Ri famously wept on air when announcing the death of North Korea's founder Kim Il Sung in 1994. "North Korea has great potential for the future!", he wrote.

Pompeo's comments Thursday come amid uncertainty over what the US and North Korea's joint commitment "to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" means in practice, and doubts over Trump's tweet that after the June 12 summit "there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea".

"Following on the historic summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un". President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most risky problem. Trump at the time condemned the North Korean government and its lack of "basic human decency".

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang said the issue of these military drills was not discussed in detail at the U.S.

On Fox News' "America's Newsroom" Wednesday, Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fl., commented on the role of Congress after President Trump's North Korea summit.

Pompeo also sought to downplay Trump's announcement on Tuesday that military exercises with South Korea would be suspended in return for North Korea's denuclearization. I said, 'I want to stop that and I will stop that, and I think it's very provocative'. United States defence analysts have said Kim retains as many as 60 nuclear bombs and a range of missiles, including some he says can strike the US.

According to Trump's own State Department, Kim's regime holds between 80,000 and 120,000 political prisoners in forced labor camps, facing torture and forced starvation. The presidential center of the former Republican president George W Bush has been tweeting about North Korea's abuses, giving a clear indication of how he views the matter.

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