The US, China, South Korea and Japan agree that sanctions imposed on North Korea will not be lifted until it can show complete disarmament, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said yesterday, pushing back against North Korean suggestions that penalties would soon start being relaxed.
The talks, held in the border village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone (DMZ), followed on from an inter-Korean summit in April at which leaders of the two Koreas had agreed to defuse tensions and cease "all hostile acts".
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.
It was not immediately known whether the suspension of joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea was discussed.
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According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, over half of Americans approve of how Trump has handled North Korea, but only a quarter think the summit will lead to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The statement provided no details on when Pyongyang would give up its nuclear weapons programme or how the dismantling might be verified.
The president said there was no tit-for-tat deal with Pyongyang where there is denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula in exchange for an end to US military exercises with South Korea.
In comments reported by Reuters, he said there was still "a great deal of work to do. a long way to go with North Korea".
The move - long demanded by Pyongyang - has been seen as a major concession to North Korea and appeared to take USA allies in the region by surprise. The reclusive regime in Pyongyang has long craved global legitimacy, and has played up the summit as a major victory for Kim, with state media calling it the "meeting of the century".
"President Moon said if North Korea implements denuclearization measures and honest dialogue continues between South Korea and the North, the North and the United States, to ease their hostile relations, the country needs to flexibly change its military pressure against the North in the spirit of building mutual trust as agreed in the Panmunjom Declaration", the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.
Human rights activists - and the US government - have also admonished the North Korean regime for its long record of detaining and punishing thousands of people in prison camps.
In the video, Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un walk down a line of North Korean officials to shake hands.
Trump has been under fire for his friendliness towards North Korea..
Pompeo also stressed that there will be no lifting of sanctions, or any kind of economic benefits given to North Korea, . before its complete denuclearization.
But much of the fear over imminent war previous year was stoked in the first place by Trump's "fire and fury" rhetoric and boasts about the size of the U.S. nuclear button.
While some Democrats on the Senate committee in particular expressed concern about the lack of specifics from Trump about the North Korean talks, the hearing was largely positive.
"The most directly involved party in Korean Peninsula issues is us".
"We're hopeful that we can achieve that in, what was it, the next two-and-a-half years", Pompeo said.
Moon urged his aides to make best efforts to record a new history of co-existence and prosperity through complete denuclearization of the peninsula and the establishment of a lasting and stable peace regime. -South Korean air combat exercises. The official acknowledged, however, it was still not certain how that was going to happen.