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Pompeo: Sanctions will remain until N. Korea's denuclearization

All News 12:23 July 08, 2018

TOKYO, July 8 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday there was progress in his latest talks with North Korea but stressed that sanctions against Pyongyang will stay in place until its full denuclearization.

He was speaking at a joint press conference here with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts -- Kang Kyung-wha and Taro Kono - following a trilateral meeting.

The secretary briefed them on the outcome of his two-day trip to Pyongyang, during which he had negotiations with Kim Yong-chol, one of the closest aides to the North's leader Kim Jong-un.

He said the Trump administration won't lift sanctions against Pyongyang until its final, fully-verified denuclearization.

The three sides reaffirmed a close coordination in dealing with the North, according to Kono.

The South Korea's minister said her government's decision to suspend major combined military drills with the U.S. was aimed at facilitating the denuclearization process.

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