(CNSNews.com) - Despite North Korea’s claim that it will stop nuclear testing, the White House said Monday that it wants to see North Korea take “concrete action” to denuclearize.
When asked whether the president will accept anything short of complete denuclearization before lifting sanctions, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “The goal is denuclearization of the peninsula, and we’re going to continue the maximum pressure campaign that has been ongoing to North Korea until we see concrete actions taken towards complete and total denuclearization.”
When asked whether that means no sanctions will be lifted until that is achieved or whether the White House is willing to go incremental, Sanders said, “Certainly, no sanctions lifted until we see concrete actions taken by North Korea to denuclearize.”
“A message from Kim Jong Un: ‘North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles.’ Also will ‘Shut down a nuclear test site in the country’s Northern Side to prove the vow to suspend nuclear tests.’ Progress being made for all!” President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday.
When asked about Trump’s tweet that North Korea has agreed to denuclearize and where they agreed to do that, Sanders said, “Certainly in a number of the conversations including the comments I’d refer you back to. Also, South Korean President Moon, who has said that North Korea has expressed a will for complete denuclearization, and certainly, that’s the focus of any conversation and negotiation that the United States will have with North Korea.”