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US Secretary of State: It is necessary to save sanctions against the DPRK

At the last talks in Sochi, the United States and Russia did not achieve a concrete decision on the denuclearization of Korea

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/NOVOSTIVL/ U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday he emphasized the need to maintain sanctions on North Korea in talks with his Russian counterpart. This article appeared in The Korean Times.

Pompeo met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi to discuss cooperation on various issues, including Iran, Venezuela and North Korea. At a joint press conference after the meeting, Pompeo said the two countries agree on the goal of North Korea's denuclearization and will continue to discuss it.

"I underscored that we must maintain full implementation of the U.N. sanctions until the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea is achieved," he said

Lavrov said Russia is "promoting dialogue" between Washington and Pyongyang and is "prepared to support such a dialogue." But he noted that North Korea expects concessions from the U.S.

The U.S. and Russia have demonstrated gaps in their view of how denuclearization should be achieved, with Washington insisting on continued pressure and Moscow advocating an easing of U.N. sanctions in exchange for denuclearization steps.