North Korea says denuclearization hinges on USA reducing sanctions

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho

He said the USA is instead maintaining sanctions to keep up the pressure on the regime.

However, earlier this month South Korean leader Moon Jae-in completed a high-profile, three-day visit to Pyongyang - the first by a Southern leader to the North's capital in a decade. The North insists it needs reciprocal concessions from the United States, including the lifting of crippling economic sanctions and an official declaration that the 1950-53 Korean War has ended.

He told the stunned audience: "We will have no choice than to totally destroy North Korea".

On Saturday, September 29, the US President fuelled his "bromance" with Kim as he claimed that "they fell in love" after receiving "beautiful letters" from the leader of the nuclear-armed state.

"However, we do not see any corresponding response from the U.S.", he told world leaders in NY.

Trump said Kim sent him "beautiful letters" which brought his guard down during the lengthy peace process.

In reality, however, Trump's North Korea summit has not, according to nonproliferation experts, done anything substantive to change Kim's behavior (though it has succeeded in preventing Trump from making any more comments about the size of his nuclear button, an accomplishment which would probably put any other person in the running for a Nobel Peace Prize).

"Now they will say, 'Donald Trump said they fell in love".

Explained Trump, "We would go back and forth, and then we fell in love".

Kim and Trump are actively planning a second summit, but there are still signs that the talks haven't advanced.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho addressed the United Nations and said his country would never disarm its nuclear weapons first if it can't trust Washington.

"But instead of having 10,000 people outside trying to get into this packed arena, we'd have about 200 people standing there".

Their first meeting in Singapore in June this year was hailed as a big step toward denuclearisation of North Korea by Trump.

"Past diplomatic attempts to halt North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile development were unsuccessful", Pompeo said.

However, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the UN Security Council on Thursday that "enforcement of Security Council sanctions must continue vigorously and without fail until we realise the fully, final, verified denuclearisation".

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