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Trump says North Korea sanctions will stay in place

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Published on April 12, 2019 - Duration: 01:47s

Trump says North Korea sanctions will stay in place

U.S. President Donald Trump says he might be willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a third summit, but doesn't plan to lift sanctions on Pyongyang for now.

He made the comments during meetings with visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Eve Johnson reports.

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Trump says North Korea sanctions will stay in place

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "It could happen." U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday (April 11) said he's open to an third summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

But for the time being- will leave biting sanctions trained on Pyongyang.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "I think that sanctions are right now at a level that's a fair level and I really believe something very significant is going to happen.

We could always increase them, but I didn't want to do that at this time." Trump made the comments during talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Washington.

The U.S. wants North Korea to scrap its missile and nuclear weapons programs in exchange for lifting sanctions.

So far, they've failed to strike a deal.

Trump and Kim met in Hanoi in February, but the summit collapsed soon after it started without an agreement.

However, diplomacy may still get a chance.

Reporters asked Trump about another, possibly more achievable, idea: a summit between the two Koreas, plus Trump.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "I think that would be largely dependent on Chairman Kim, because President Moon will do what's necessary.

I know President Moon has been fighting this battle for a long time.

He's done an excellent job.

I consider him a great ally.

" But Moon and Trump aren't always on the same page.

Moon wants to reward the North for each step it takes towards denuclearization, while the U.S. wants to wait until the North has given up all its weapons before dropping sanctions.

Meanwhile, Pyongyang has hinted that if the U.S. doesn't take action soon, Kim might restart the country's nuclear and missile tests.

The North Korean leader may be in a stronger position than ever.

He's just got himself a new title - as "supreme representative of all the Korean people" - after a recent government shake-up.

Analysts say it's a sign Kim has fully come into his own eight years after he inherited rule from his father.

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