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Not the right time to ease sanctions on North Korea, says Trump

2019-04-12 11:17:19       source:Straits Times

April 12, 2019

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump rejected on Thursday (April 11) the idea of easing sanctions on North Korea to move denuclearisation talks along, adding that now was not the right time for economic concessions being sought by Seoul, which would allow it to resume joint projects with Pyongyang like the Kaesong industrial complex.

Mr Trump however said he could be open to “various smaller deals” to achieve the denuclearisation of North Korea in a more incremental manner, which would be a departure from his and his administration’s all-or-nothing approach so far.

“There are various smaller deals that maybe could happen,” said Mr Trump in remarks before his meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, with whom he said he would discuss “certain humanitarian things” for North Korea. 

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