리용호 북한 외무상… 비핵화 의지 확고하지만 미국 신뢰가 먼저
North Korea says it won’t denuclearize as long as sanctions stay in place and unless the U.S. can provide a solid guarantee of its security.
That’s according to the North’s foreign minister, who addressed the UN General Assembly on Saturday.
Seo Bo-bin reports.
Speaking at the 73rd UN General Assembly in New York on Saturday, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho reaffirmed that the regime is willing to denuclearize, but demanded corresponding measures from the United States.
“Without trust in the U.S, our country cannot be sure of its security. And under these circumstances there is no way we will denuclearize first.”
The U.S. has, for example, canceled military drills this year, but so far there has been no action that North Korea sees as not easily reversible and the continued sanctions deepen its mistrust in U.S.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un himself has said he would work toward denuclearization in exchange for a security guarantee.
The U.S. will have a good chance to respond next month when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo goes to Pyeongyang for his fourth visit there.
And in the mean time, plans are in the works for a second summit between Kim Jong-un and President Trump.
Seo Bo-bin, Arirang News.
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