Pompeo explained why the US is not ready to lift all sanctions against North Korea

During the talks in Hanoi, the US President Donald Trump and Chairman of the state Council of the DPRK Kim Jong-UN, the North Korean side asked Washington to “lift sanctions completely” from Pyongyang. This US Secretary of state Michael Pompeo said on Friday, March 1.

At the same time, North Korea has not been able to clarify fully what it is ready to offer with regard to its nuclear facility in Yongbyon, he said. Earlier, Trump said that Kim Jong-UN offered to dismantle the nuclear facility in Yongbyon in exchange for the lifting of all sanctions. The American side demanded the dismantling of all nuclear facilities. The United States expects the opportunity to “return to the table and continue the conversation,” the head of the US state Department added.

On February 28, second the US-DPRK summit, held in Vietnam’s Hanoi, ended a few hours ahead of schedule. The parties have not issued bilateral statements. The joint lunch of the two leaders was canceled. Despite the lack of agreements, the US President at a press conference following the meeting called the talks “productive”.

Following the first meeting of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-UN in June 2018 in Singapore, a joint document was signed obliging the DPRK to complete the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. At the summit of the leaders of South and North Korea, held in September of the same year in Pyongyang, the DPRK pledged to close finally the “Sohe” missile test site and stop the operation of the launcher placed on it.