Washington continues to make “endless demands” from Pyongyang: Putin

Washington continues to make “endless demands” from Pyongyang: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized the United States for not taking a single step in response to North Korea’s several moves toward denuclearization, saying Washington instead continues to make “endless demands” from Pyongyang.

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticized the United States for not taking a single step in response to North Korea’s several moves toward denuclearization, saying Washington instead continues to make “endless demands” from Pyongyang.

Speaking at the Eastern Economic Forum in Russia’s Far Eastern port city of Vladivosto on Wednesday, President Putin said North Korea, in return for taking a lot of steps toward denuclearization, “expects reciprocal steps and not endless demands for full disarmament.”

“Clearly, it is waiting for some sort of signal in response,” the Russian president said.

He said it was important that North Korea receive security guarantees, referring to the guarantees promised by US President Donald Trump to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un when the two agreed to work toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula at a summit in Singapore back in June.

Pyongyang suspended its nuclear and missile tests even before that summit, has dismantled a nuclear site, and has returned the remains of US soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War to America. This is while the international sanctions against Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programs continue to remain in place.

The US, which has been the main sponsor of the international sanctions, says the bans will remain in place against Pyongyang until its complete denuclearization. It has also made no reciprocal move toward North Korea.

Partially because of that failure by the US, follow-on diplomacy between Washington and Pyongyang has stalled.


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