PressTV-US sets condition for North Korea ‘sanctions relief’

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says North Korea will receive sanctions relief only after it has taken “irreversible” steps to abandon its nuclear program, a demand that Washington has made previously and alternatively as a condition for a possible meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Mattis made the comment on the sidelines of a security conference in Singapore on Sunday, stressing that it was vital for the international community to uphold the United Nations-imposed sanctions regime against North Korea until the country ended its nuclear activities.

“We will continue to implement all UN Security Council resolutions on North Korea. North Korea will receive relief only when it demonstrates verifiable and irreversible steps to denuclearization,” Mattis said before a meeting with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts.

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