United States President Donald Trump said that the North Korea sanctions will remain in place.
According to the accounts of White House journalists sent to media via e-mail, Trump said while addressing the media along with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in at the White House that “we want sanctions to remain in place.”
Saying the existing sanctions against the N Korea are at a “fair” level, Trump added that “I really believe something very significant is going to happen. We could always increase them, but I didn’t want to do that.”
On Wednesday, Wu Haitao, China’s deputy permanent representative to the UN, said that sanctions against N Korea should not impact humanitarian aid to the country as per relevant Security Council resolutions.
For dialogue to continue and make headway, the key is to address the legitimate concerns of the parties concerned in a balanced manner, and advance denuclearisation and the establishment of a peace mechanism for the peninsula by following a phased approach with synchronised steps as a package solution, he added.
Trump told a press conference after the summit that Kim demanded relief from sanctions against Pyongyang “in their entirety” in exchange for denuclearising a “large portion” of the North Korea’s nuclear programme, something the US could not agree to.