U.S. Wants N.Korea Freeze as Beginning, Not End, of Denuclearization

Report: North Korea will maintain nuclear arsenal for decades

The US is considering suspending some sanctions on North Korea for 12 to 18 months in exchange for a freeze on the country's nuclear weapons programme, the Yonhap News Agency reported.

The sanctions suspension could help build trust between the two long-time foes and provide a model that could be expanded as North Korea takes further disarmament steps, Yonhap said, citing the person close to the White House.

The sanctions would snap back into place if North Korea failed to meet its side of the bargain, Yonhap reported.

The USD/JPY pair stalled its decline and now holds steady just below the 108 handle, little affected by the above headlines.

During his meeting with Trump at the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjeom on June 30, Kim did not make specific remarks about how to realize security guarantees promised to North Korea, according to the diplomatic sources.

North Korea tested its first nuclear weapon in 2006 as former President George W. Bush advanced his own effort to disarm the country, which at the time was led by Kim's father, late supreme leader Kim Jong Il.

Ortagus said Washington's goal remained the complete elimination of all of North Korea's weapons of mass destruction.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters that Xi briefed Trump on China's position on North Korea when they met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka.

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North Korea's Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile is capable of hitting anywhere inside the continental United States in the event of war, US Forces Korea has confirmed in its 2019 Strategic Digest command publication.

"I will say that I did actually speak to Steve Biegun about (a sanctions suspension), and he categorically denied that", State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said, responding to a question concerning an article in South Korea's Yonhap. There has been no sign of a narrowing of differences since.

"You have a man that was so happy to see me".

The paper blamed US working-level negotiators for the summit breakdown and emphasized that they should come forward with the right method with the right attitude in light of the changed mood demonstrated by their leader's recent handshake, to which the North will take corresponding goodwill steps.

"As the president has said, sanctions will stay on until the final, fully verified denuclearization" of North Korea, the source said.

A pro-North Korean newspaper said Friday that the United States should come up with a proposal that is fair and right if it wants to see progress in the denuclearization talks expected to resume soon. That's a good thing, not a bad thing.

Outside of Trump's personal relationship with Kim Jong-un, however, the US strategy has remained largely static.

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