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Russia says UN should consider sanctions relief for N Korea

AFP  |  United Nations 

The should consider steps toward lifting sanctions on following its agreement with the to scrap its nuclear program, Russia's UN said today.

The council last year adopted three rounds of tough economic sanctions on North Korea, banning most of its exports of raw commodities and severely restricting

Asked about lifting sanctions, Russian told reporters: "I think that it is only natural that we should be thinking about steps in that direction."

"There is progress on the track that should be reciprocal. There should be a two-way street," he said. "Of course the other side should see encouragement to go forward."

At the first-ever meeting between sitting leaders of the US and yesterday in Singapore, and pledged in a joint statement to work toward the "complete denuclearisation of the "

The along with and European countries maintain that the raft of tough sanctions must remain in place until has fully dismantled its weapons programmes.

and argue that there should be a gradual approach, offering some sanctions relief in exchange for concrete action from along the path toward denuclearisation.

The council is expected to meet to discuss the results of the summit, but Nebenzia, who holds the council presidency this month, said nothing had been scheduled yet.

"It would be interesting to hear from those who were directly involved their assessment of the results," said the Russian

Many diplomats credit the UN move to ramp up sanctions as a decisive factor in pressuring Kim to agree to negotiate an end to North Korea's military programme.

Kim came to understand that "having a nuclear bomb is not compatible with having an economy," said a

Dutch Ambassador Karel van Oosterom, who heads the council's sanctions committee on North Korea said the punitive measures were still being applied in full force.

"We will continue to keep up the pressure with the full implementation of the sanctions," he said.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 01:05 IST