Mattis: No sanctions relief for N. Korea until ‘verifiable & irreversible’ denuclearization

Mattis: No sanctions relief for N. Korea until ‘verifiable & irreversible’ denuclearization

Pyongyang will have to demonstrate clear steps towards denuclearization before any sanctions are eased, US Defense Secretary James Mattis has warned, ahead of highly anticipated US-North Korean leaders’ talks, RT reports.

“We will continue to implement all UN Security Council resolutions on North Korea. North Korea will receive relief only when it demonstrates verifiable and irreversible steps to denuclearization,” Mattis stated in Singapore on Sunday.

The remark was given at a meeting with the South Korean and Japanese defense ministers, Itsunori Onodera and Song Young-moo, on the sidelines of the Asia Security Summit, known as the Shangri-La Dialogue. It was the first time since October that the three top defense officials have met.

“We can anticipate, at best, a bumpy road to the negotiations,” the defense secretary added.

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