As N. Korea Halts Weapons Tests, Trump Pushes Next Step: Dismantling Nukes for Sanctions Relief As N. Korea Halts Weapons Tests, Trump Pushes Next Step: Dismantling Nukes for Sanctions Relief – NTK Network

As N. Korea Halts Weapons Tests, Trump Pushes Next Step: Dismantling Nukes for Sanctions Relief

The president seemed undeterred by North Korea's announcement it's halting weapons tests, pushing the rogue regime to take the next step to a possible peace.

By NTK Staff | 04.23.2018 @9:00am
As N. Korea Halts Weapons Tests, Trump Pushes Next Step: Dismantling Nukes for Sanctions Relief

On Friday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un announced the isolated country will stop nuclear weapons tests, which some will view as a diplomatic win for the Trump administration ahead of a possible June summit between Kim and President Trump.

The Associated Press reported:

North Korea announced that it will suspend nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches ahead of its summits with Seoul and Washington, but stopped short of suggesting it has any intention of giving up its hard-won nuclear arsenal.

The announcement, which sets the table for further negotiations when the summits begin, was made by leader Kim Jong Un at a meeting of the North Korean ruling party’s Central Committee on Friday. It was reported by the North’s state-run media early Saturday.

President Trump’s Twitter victory lap was shorter than usual, though, as reporting from The Wall Street Journal indicates the U.S. administration is now seeking a dismantling of the Kim regime’s nuclear program in exchange for any sanctions relief.

U.S. President Donald Trump will not be willing to offer North Korea substantial sanctions relief before Pyongyang has substantially dismantled its nuclear programs, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing administration officials.

“When the president says that he will not make the mistakes of the past, that means the U.S. will not be making substantial concessions, such as lifting sanctions, until North Korea has substantially dismantled its nuclear programs,” it quoted a senior Trump administration official as saying.

Trump, for his part, seemed undecided on the possibility of a deal with North Korea in a tweet sent Sunday morning:

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