U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China June 14, 2018. Andy Wong/Pool via REUTERS
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Thursday that peace efforts with North Korea still faced "risks" and insisted that sanctions must be maintained on Pyongyang until it dismantles its nuclear arsenal.Pompeo made the remarks during a regional tour to brief South Korean, Japanese and Chinese officials about President Donald Trump's historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. Washington remained committed to the "complete, verifiable and irreversible" denuclearisation of North Korea, Pompeo said in Seoul after talks with the Japanese and South Korean foreign ministers.He added, "we have made very clear that the sanctions and the economic relief that North Korea will receive will only happen after the full denuclearisation, the complete denuclearisation of North Korea".For his part, Wang said China has a "firm commitment" to denuclearisation but that North Korea's "legitimate" concerns must be addressed. Pompeo's comments came after North Korean state media reported Wednesday that Trump had not only offered to stop military exercises during dialogue, but also lift sanctions imposed on Pyongyang, causing concern in Tokyo and Seoul.The North retaliated by boasting it could annihilate the United States.
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