North Korea says country seeks partial relief

Amman, North Korea has denied US President Donald Trump’s claim that the country demanded total sanctions relief during a summit in Hanoi.

The North’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho was speaking after talks between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ended without agreement.

He said they asked only for partial sanctions relief in exchange for disabling its main nuclear complex.

After their talks broke down, Trump said Kim had offered to dismantle all of the Yongbyon complex, the research and production facility at the heart of North Korea’s nuclear programme, a significant proposal.

At a late-night news conference after Thursday’s summit, Ri said his country had made “realistic” proposals, including the complete decommissioning of Yongbyon, under the watch of US observers.

“This proposal was the biggest denuclearisation measure we could take at the present stage when taking into consideration the current level of confidence between the North Korea and the United States.”

Source: Jordan News Agency