Trump-Kim Hanoi summit

Not seeing eye to eye on UN sanctions

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un responding to reporters’ questions during his summit with Donald Trump, on Feb 28, 2019.
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un responding to reporters’ questions during his summit with Donald Trump, on Feb 28, 2019.PHOTO: NYTIMES

N. Korea offered to shut nuclear complex for partial sanctions relief, but US wanted more

North Korea wanted five of the 11 United Nations sanctions imposed in 2016 lifted - a request it first made at initial talks several weeks before the Hanoi summit, said a senior State Department official.

North Korea asked that the five sanctions, which impeded the civilian economy and people's livelihoods, be eased, said North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 03, 2019, with the headline 'Not seeing eye to eye on UN sanctions'. Print Edition | Subscribe