China reaffirmed commitment to N Korea sanctions - Pompeo

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shake hands ahead of their meeting at Capella Hotel in Singapore on June 12

There will be no sanctions relief for North Korea until its complete denuclearization, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said in Seoul.

Pompeo was briefing North Asian leaders on the summit, meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in before heading to Beijing to talk with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平).

Following the summit, Trump said the United States would halt its "provocative" joint military drills with South Korea as long as negotiations are ongoing with the North, an announcement that caught Seoul by surprise. "North Korea has great potential for the future!"

Mr Trump also announced a halt to wargames between the US and South Korea and expressed a desire to bring United States troops home, which left a former South Korean general "speechless".

It's unclear whether the president informed USA allies in the region of his plan to end the "war games", as he called them, prior to his declaration. -South Korea war games as it is inappropriate to stage such "provocative" drills in the dialogue period.

"The mistakes of the past were [that] they were providing economic relief before complete denuclearisation".

Kirby said the appropriate thing for Trump to do in that situation would have been to nod his head and shake the general's hand.

The rival Koreas were holding rare high-level military talks on Thursday reducing tensions across their heavily fortified border.

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At the briefing, Pompeo reiterated that the shared goal of the US, South Korea and Japan is to get North Korea to denuclearize not only completely, but also irreversibly and verifiably.

For his part, Wang said China has a "firm commitment" to denuclearisation but that North Korea's "legitimate" concerns must be addressed.

Kono said at the press conference that all Pyongyang's weapons of mass destruction need to be addressed, calling for "North Korea's complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of all weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles of all ranges".

But Trump's move had always been suggested by China, and Beijing was quick to applaud its announcement on Wednesday.

He said the U.S. would like "major" North Korean nuclear disarmament by the end of 2020, and that Pyongyang understood there would be "in-depth verification" of the process.

Upon encountering North Korean Gen.

He explained that he had spoken with nuclear experts and believes that when the denuclearization process is "20 percent through", North Korea will be at a point where it "can't go back".

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