MPCore.us – US Vice President Mike Pence said Washington would not relax economic sanctions against North Korea, urging Southeast Asian countries to continue campaigning for maximum pressure on Pyongyang until full denuclearization goals are reached.
“We must continue to maintain this pressure campaign and impose UN sanctions until we reach the final denuclearization of North Korea which can be fully verified,” Pence said on Friday (16/11) after a bilateral meeting with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
Pence’s statement was made amid reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspected a newly developed tactical weapons test on Friday morning. This is the first time a new development has been mentioned in North Korea’s weapons program in recent months.
The United States has pressured North Korea to provide a detailed list of nuclear weapons since the initial denuclearization agreement was reached in June, when US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met in Singapore at the first summit.
Last week, Kim’s regime canceled a senior official-level meeting between the United States and North Korea in New York, where Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo was scheduled to meet Kim Yong Chol, Kim Jong Un’s senior adviser. The meeting should discuss efforts to advance denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and pave the way for Trump and Kim’s second summit.