Sanctions to remain until North Korea achieves final denuclearisation: Mike Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaking to members of the media before boarding his plane at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang on July 7, 2018.

TOKYO (AFP) - Sanctions on North Korea will remain in place until Pyongyang achieves final denuclearisation, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday (July 8).

Speaking in Tokyo after holding meetings in Pyongyang, Mr Pompeo said Washington would continue enforcing sanctions until North Korea carried out "fully verified final denuclearisation".

Mr Pompeo is in Tokyo to brief his Japanese and South Korean counterparts on the talks, which he has characterised as productive.

But shortly after he left Pyongyang, North Korea issued an angry statement rejecting what it described as Washington's "gangster-like" demand for rapid nuclear disarmament.

Mr Pompeo, speaking at a press conference with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts, said he had lengthy discussions about complete denuclearisation with North Korean officials.

"Across the range of weapons and missiles, it's a broad definition of denuclearisation, and the North Koreans understand that and have not challenged that," he said.

"There will be a verification connected to the complete denuclearisation, it's what President (Donald) Trump and Chairman Kim (Jong Un) both agreed to," he added.

(This story is developing.)

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