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3. Pompeo asks UNSC to keep sanctions on N.Korea

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged UN Security Council members to continue upholding sanctions on North Korea.

The international response has been divided with China and Russia calling for an easing of sanctions.

Pompeo met on Friday at the UN Headquarters in New York with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, Japan's Ambassador to the UN Koro Bessho, and the ambassadors from Council members.

Some participants say Pompeo and Kang briefed them on their talks with North Korean officials.

Participants say Bessho joined the two in urging other nations to keep the pressure on North Korea.
It was reportedly agreed that Pyongyang must take clear measures toward denuclearization.

After the meeting, Pompeo told reporters that the world has demanded that North Korea denuclearize and that every nation should fully implement the UN sanctions.

He added that the sanctions must remain in place until the North takes specific steps toward denuclearization.