N.Korea wanted most sanctions lifted in to partially close reactor

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March 1, 2019 05:04
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North Korea proposed to close down a portion of its Yongbyon nuclear complex in exchange for lifting of all U.N. sanctions except those directly targeting their weapons of mass destruction program, a senior U.S. State Department official said.

"The dilemma that we were confronted with is the North Koreans at this point are unwilling to impose a complete freeze on their weapons of mass destruction programs," the official told reporters."So to give many, many billions of dollars in sanctions relief would in effect put us in a position of subsidizing the ongoing development of weapons of mass destruction in North Korea," the official said.



The official spoke to reporters following the collapse of a second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on Thursday

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