U.S. says denuclearization by Pyongyang will require 'robust' oversight

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday the complete denuclearization by Pyongyang will require “robust verification,” while his South Korean counterpart insisted sanctions against North Korea would not be lifted before a June 12 leaders’ summit.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a joint press availability with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha after their meeting at the State Department in Washington, U.S., May 11, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

“We are very clear that sanctions remain in place until and unless we see visible, meaningful action taken by North Korea on the denuclearization track,” South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told a joint news conference with Pompeo before the June meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton and David Brunnstrom; editing by Jonathan Oatis



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