North Korea, as well as their allies, Russia and China, used the General Assembly to pressure the United States to let up on sanctions over North Korea. The U.S Secretary Of State, Mike Pompeo, set them straight immediately. Stating that sanctions will remain until North Korea holds up their end of the bargain.
On Saturday North Korea claimed that the regime had not seen a “corresponding response” from the U.S. to North Korean disarmament and that sanctions were signs of mistrust from the U.S.
“Without any trust in the U.S., there will be no confidence in our national security, and under such circumstances, there is no way we will unilaterally disarm ourselves first,” Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said.
He also said that “the perception that sanctions can bring us to our knees is a pipe-dream of the people who are ignorant about us.”
Pompeo pointed out that it was Trump’s pressure campaign that put North Korea at the table, to begin with. Adding that the U.S. intends to see that they honor their agreement before lifting any sanctions. “President Trump’s leadership, combined with efforts of countries to enforce the pressure campaign, has deescalated tensions with North Korea and brought us closer to our final goal,” Pompeo said. Adding, “the final, fully verified denuclearization of the DRPK, as agreed to by Chairman Kim Jong Un.”
Pompeo added, “we expect the full, complete, verified denuclearization of North Korea. And until such time as that occurs, the economic sanctions — the sanctions that have been put in place by the United Nations Security Council — will remain in place. That’s the core proposition that the President agreed to in Singapore, and it’s the one we’re going to continue to honor through the whole process.”
Pompeo held Trump’s orders closed to his chest as he explained that the United States expects the agreements to be honored before releasing any pressure on North Korea.