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Sanctions to remain till Pyongyang denuclearizes: US envoy to Seoul

IANS  |  Seoul 

US to said on Thursday that sanctions will remain in place until denuclearizes, as and are preparing for their second summit later this month.

Harris was speaking at a forum in where he discussed the meeting that will be held between US and North Korean leader in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 27 and 28 to advance the dialogue on disarmament, news agency reported.

"The US and our South Korean ally are in complete agreement that sanctions will remain until DPRK denuclearizes," he said in a statement.

"Our goal remains the same: To achieve our shared objective of a final, fully verified denuclearization of the DPRK as committed (to) by Kim in Singapore," he added.

Kim and Trump met for the first time in last year to discuss disarmament. During that meeting, Kim agreed to work towards the "complete denuclearization" of the but with little clarity on how to achieve that long-elusive goal.

It is expected that the second summit will serve to refine differences and clearly agree on what kind of disarmament would be willing to carry out and in what terms it could comply, as well as to establish compensation measures from Washington, the report said.

has requested compensation such as aid, the lifting of sanctions and the signing of a peace treaty to end the state of war which still technically prevails over the since the end of the conflict that devastated the region between 1950 and 1953.

Harris said that could expect a "brighter, more secure and more prosperous future", if it fulfils its denuclearization promise.

He also credited South Korea's Moon Jae-in for his role in the groundwork for peace, as well as

"Without China's support on sanctions, we wouldn't have achieved (the) progress that we have made so far."

The also used his speech to promote Washington's policy for a "free, open" Indo-Pacific. "Developments on the are an important part of the US commitment to a free, open Indo-Pacific. This is not just the US' interests but in all of our nations' strategic interests," he said.

"When we say open, we want all nations to enjoy open access to the seas and airways. And we want a peaceful resolution of territorial and maritime disputes, key to international peace," Harris added.



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First Published: Thu, February 14 2019. 14:24 IST