At the UN headquarters in New York City last week, both Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi made similar suggestions to relax strict economic sanctions against North Korea, which were introduced under UN resolutions last year to rein in the rapid progress of Pyongyang’s nuclear arms program. “A provision in the Security Council resolutions that the council is prepared to modify the sanction measures in light of the DPRK’s [North Korea’s] compliance. Now given the positive developments in the inter-Korean and DPRK-US relations, and the DPRK’s important pledges and actions on denuclearization, China believes that the Security Council needs to consider invoking in due course this provision to encourage the DPRK and other relevant parties to move denuclearization further ahead,” the Chinese foreign minister said at a UN Security Council session. Lavrov said that he agreed with China’s point of view that restrictions imposed on North Korea should be lifted. “I have positive attitude toward what my [Chinese] counterpart Wang Yi said about the need to encourage progress in the negotiations on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and to ease sanctions pressure,” Lavrov told reporters at a press conference on the sidelines of the 73rd UN General Assembly. READ MORE: Kim Must Come Out With the Details of Nuclear Weapons — S Korean Lawmaker In response, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed at UN Security Council meetings that sanctions… Read full this story
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