Pompeo: US welcomes progress in talks with N.Korea, but sanctions will remain

Pompeo: US welcomes progress in talks with N.Korea, but sanctions will remain

The United States believes that progress has been made in denuclearization talks with North Korea, but it is too early to ease sanctions against Pyongyang so far, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said on Sunday, TASS reported.

"While we are encouraged by the progress of these talks, progress alone does not justify relaxing the sanctions regime," he said.

According to the US diplomat, the sides had "productive, good-faith negotiations" that will continue in the coming days and weeks.

He said that North Korea reiterated its commitment for full denuclearization and readiness to engage in detailed discussions regarding next steps toward full and verifiable denuclearization.

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