Trump: North Korea sanctions to 'remain in effect’
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has expressed “unwavering commitment” to complete denuclearization, US President Trump said after their first face-to face talks.
However, sanctions against Pyongyang to stay in place, he added.
During the first press conference after his historic meeting with the North Korean leader, Trump said US war games in the region would be “provocative” amid talks with Pyongyang and promised to suspend them. He also noted that the drills are quite expensive and the move will save a considerable amount of money for the US budget.
Despite Kim’s pledges for denuclearization and the optimism for further talks, the easing of restrictive measures on Pyongyang will not be coming in the near future. The sanctions will remain in force until full denuclearization, the US president said, noting that he is “looking forward” to it.
Earlier, the two leaders signed a document that would lead to “major change,” they announced at a joint news conference after their first face-to-face meeting in Singapore.
He has already invited the North’s leader to visit the White House and Kim Jong-un has agreed to come.
Trump's decision to withdraw from the JCPOA will certainly diminish America's trustworthiness and prestige, making it much harder to trust the American side, and will certainly affect the negotiations going on at the Singapore summit.
Trusting America is certainly going to be risky, and it is something that the North Koreans should certainly ponder -- a cautious approach towards Donald Trump and his administration, is well-advised.