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North Korea's Kim knows denuclearisation must be 'quick': Pompeo

AFP  |  Seoul 

understands that denuclearisation must happen "quickly", US said today, warning there will be no sanctions relief for until the process is complete.

remained committed to the "complete, verifiable and irreversible" denuclearisation of North Korea, added, after the historic US-North summit in drew criticism for its vague wording on plans for to give up its nuclear weapons.

"We believe that understands the urgency... that we must do this quickly," he said of the effort to have North abandon its nuclear weapons.

Washington's top was in to brief his South Korean and Japanese counterparts after Donald Trump's post-summit comments sparked confusion and concern in and

But insisted at a joint press conference with the two countries' foreign ministers that there was no daylight among the allies on how to achieve the denuclearisation of North

Contrasting the Trump policy with previous US administrations, Pompeo said: "In the past, they were providing economic and financial relief before... complete denuclearisation had taken place."

"That is not going to happen, Trump made that clear." Pompeo's comments came after North Korean reported Wednesday that Trump had not only offered to stop military exercises during dialogue, but also lift sanctions imposed on

Trump said after his meeting with Kim -- the first between sitting US and North Korean leaders -- that would halt its joint military exercises with South Korea, an announcement that caught -- and apparently the -- by surprise.

The US and conduct several large drills every year to maintain readiness for operations on the peninsula, a source of for Pyongyang, which considers them preparations for an invasion.

Kang Kyung-wha, the South Korean appeared to sidestep the issue at the joint press conference, saying the matter would be left to military authorities to discuss, and that the US-alliance remained "as robust as ever".

Earlier, South Korean Moon Jae-in acknowledged that "there may be very conflicting views" about the summit, but it had still helped mitigate fears of a nuclear war.

"So in this way I believe it was very successful." While it is not directly involved, also considers the drills vital. The "deterrence based on them (plays) an essential role for security in northeast Asia", Japanese said after the "frank" trilateral talks today.

"The US will advance the discussion on provision of security guarantees while carefully monitoring whether takes concrete steps to fulfil its commitment to denuclearisation," Kono added.

"No security guarantees have been given yet." Pompeo said the suspension of the drills depended on productive negotiations in "good faith".

Trump had raised eyebrows on Tuesday by describing his own country's drills on the as "provocative", a term used by the North for the exercises.

Pyongyang describes its nuclear weapons and long-range missiles as a shield against US aggression, and has in the past linked denuclearisation to the removal of US forces from the peninsula.

After his meetings in Seoul, Pompeo left for Beijing, where he was expected to meet Chinese President and

Despite some concerns among allies and analysts, the continues to tout the summit as a success, and Pompeo said earlier that he hopes to see "major disarmament" of by 2020.

A bullish Trump declared the nuclear threat from no longer exists, and tweeted Wednesday that people "can now feel much safer than the day I took office" and can "sleep well tonight!".

The US also defended his decision on the military drills with South Korea: "We save a fortune by not doing war games, as long as we are negotiating in good faith -- which both sides are!" The president's latest comments are in stark contrast to his threats to unleash "fire and fury" last year in response to Pyongyang's nuclear and long-range missile tests.

The North retaliated by boasting it could annihilate the US.

After months of tensions which saw Trump and Kim trade personal insults, whirlwind diplomatic efforts were launched earlier this year, catalysed by in

The remarkable de-escalation saw Kim reach out to Trump, conduct a historic summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and visit Xi in -- his first trip abroad as of the North.

The reclusive regime in Pyongyang has long craved international legitimacy, and has played up the summit as a major victory for Kim, with calling it the "meeting of the century".

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 14:00 IST
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