> North Korea has warned the UN it will never disarm its nuclear weapons if it can't trust the United States. On Saturday, Pyongyang's foreign minister Ri Yong-ho said, there's no way it will happen so long as the US keeps up sanctions. Since President Donald Trump's summit with Kim Jong-un in June, nuclear negotiations have stalled out.
Foreign Minister Ri told the UN that's despite the North's goodwill measures over the last year, halting its weapons tests and dismantling its nuclear test site. Ri says the North has not seen corresponding measures from the US. And that quote, the perception that sanctions can bring us on our knees, is a pipe dream of the people who are ignorant about us.
But the problem is that the continued sanctions are deepening our mistrust. China and Russia have said the UN Security Council should reward Pyongyang for steps taken since the summit in Singapore. That Trump White House on the other hand, says until North Korea denuclearizes first, the sanctions stay. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, defended that stance on Thursday.
>> Until the final denuclearization of the DPRK is achieved and fully verified, it is our solemn collective responsibility to fully implement all UN Security Council resolutions pertaining to North Korea.>> Pompeo has visited the North three times already this year, but his last trip did not go well.
He left in July saying he saw progress, then hours later the North blasted him for making gangster-like demands. However last week Pompeo said he would visit again in October, hoping to set up a potential second summit between Trump and Kim.