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Sanctions on NKorea to continue: WH

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The Trump administration's policy of imposing sanctions on North has worked and will continue until the goal of complete denuclearisation of the is achieved, a senior has said.

Trump imposed the "heaviest-ever" sanctions on North Korea's shipping companies last month in a bid to prevent the reclusive nation from acquiring nuclear weapons and developing intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The administration believes the sanctions must remain as it "is really what differentiates, the President's policy from the policies of the past," the told reporters yesterday.

"If we look at the history of these negotiations that took place under prior administrations, the relinquishing of pressure have often lead to concessions being made to North in return for talks," the said on the condition of anonymity.

The official said that Trump had been very clear from the beginning that he was not prepared to reward North in exchange for talks.

"But he is willing to accept an invitation at this time to meet and really expects to start putting action to the words that were conveyed via the South Koreans, the official said.

The official, however, said there was no letter from Kim regarding the timing of the meeting of the two leaders.

"There was not a letter. This was a message conveyed orally by to the of the during the several hours of meetings that they held a couple days ago in Chung, who is the then conveyed it orally to the today in the Oval Office," the official said.

Details of the place and timing of the meeting are yet to be worked out, the official said.

Ever since he came into office, Trump has emphasised that the urgent matter of denuclearising was something that required a new approach, the official said.

"It would require us avoiding the mistakes that have been made over the past 27 years of dialogue, and failed approaches to denuclearise North Korea, another said.

Within the matter of weeks, the had developed a policy that the signed to maximise pressure on

That meant maximising economic pressure, isolating North Korea diplomatically and marshaling not only our resources, not only the resources of our allies and friends, but rally of the entire world to resolve something that is destabilising to the region and rally to the world at large, the official said on condition of anonymity.

"And so in the year that he pursued that policy, he has always left the door open to dialogue at the right time" the official said.

was briefed by South Korean Young and at the Oval Office.

US National Security Adviser Lt Gen H R McMaster, and John Kelly, of along with officials from the CIA were also present in the meeting.

The South Korean delegation gave a readout of their meetings with the North Korean leader They also conveyed a message from Kim to the

"Part of that message was a commitment to denuclearised. It also was a commitment to refrain from testing nuclear weapons or missiles. And it was also an invitation (for Trump). also made clear that he understands that a routine defencive exercise between the Republic of Korea and the will continue, the official said.

"He conveyed that he wants to meet with President Trump as quickly as possible. President Trump has agreed to accept the invitation to meet with Kim in a matter of a couple of months. The exact timing and place is still to be determined," the official said.

"Obviously verification would go hand in hand with any kind of acceptable deal to put for permanent denuclearisation of North Korea. We will settle for nothing less than that outcome. It is the outcome that the entire world expects it as exemplified under all of those resolutions, he said.

Trump also briefed Japanese on the developments, the official said.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 09:40 IST