Tokyo, July 8 :Terming that Korean denuclearization road would be difficult and challenging, UMike pompeoS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday said the sanctions against the North Korean regime would remain in place until it has completely dismantled its nuclear weapons program.
North Korea had reaffirmed its commitment to denuclearization during his recent trip to Pyongyang, Pompeo described his talks in North Korea as “very productive” and these were in “good-faith”, adding that Pyongyang had agreed to the destruction of a missile facility.
Pompeo revealed at a joint press conference here with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts, Taro Koko and Kang Kyung-wha.
“While we are encouraged by the progress of these talks, progress alone does not justify relaxing the sanctions regime,” Pompeo said.
Pompeo downplayed criticism by the North Korean foreign minister Gen. Kim Yong-chol, who on Saturday called Washington’s attitude during the negotiations “regrettable” and “gangster-like” and the outcome of the talks “very concerning” in a statement issued hours after the top American diplomat’s departure.
He said Pyongyang understood that the regime’s denuclearization must be complete and verified.
Pompeo also reiterated the US’ commitment to defending its allies, including South Korea and Japan, and said that Sunday’s trilateral meeting, the third in less than a month, served to strengthen cooperation to ensure the implementation of the agreements signed by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump at a summit in Singapore last month