No North Korea relief until verifiable denuclearization steps, says Mattis

Speaking at a security conference in Singapore ahead of a planned summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Mattis said it is vital that the international community keeps UN Security Council sanctions in place for now.

“North Korea will receive relief only when it demonstrates verifiable and irreversible steps to denuclearisation,” Mattis said during public remarks at a meeting with the South Korean and Japanese defence ministers.

“In this moment we are steadfastly committed to strengthening even further our defence cooperation as the best means to preserving the peace.”