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Trump-Kim summit: North Korea says country seeks partial relief

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North Korea has denied US President Donald Trump's claim that the country demanded total sanctions relief during a failed summit in Hanoi.
The North's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho was speaking after talks between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ended without agreement.
He said they asked only for partial sanctions relief in exchange for disabling its main nuclear complex.
The US insists this is not the case.
After their talks broke down, Mr Trump said Mr Kim had offered to dismantle all of the Yongbyon complex, the research and production facility at the heart of North Korea's nuclear programme, a significant proposal.
But in return Mr Kim wanted all sanctions lifted, something the US was not prepared to offer, Mr Trump added.

North Korea: We asked for 'partial relief'

At a late-night news conference after Thursday's summit, Mr Ri said his country had made "realistic" proposals, including the complete decommissioning of Yongbyon, under the watch of US observers.
"This proposal was the biggest denuclearisation measure we could take at the present stage when taking into consideration the current level of confidence between the DPRK [North Korea] and the United States."
In return, Mr Ri said, the North had wanted only partial lifting of sanctions "that hamper the civilian economy and the livelihood of our people".
He told reporters Pyongyang had also offered to permanently halt nuclear and long-range rocket testing. He added that it might be hard to see an opportunity such as the Hanoi summit again.
"Our principal stand will remain invariable and our proposals will never change, even if the United States proposes negotiations again in the future."

The main sticking points

Another contentious point included the network of facilities that extend beyond Yongbyon. Last month, Stephen Biegun, the US state department special representative for North Korea, said Pyongyang had committed in pre-summit talks to destroy all the nation's plutonium - and uranium-enrichment facilities, dependent on unspecified US measures in return.
Those unspecified US measures appear to have been complete sanctions relief, which Mr Trump would not offer. The US president also suggested in his news conference that Mr Kim had offered only the destruction of Yongbyon and not North Korea's entire nuclear apparatus.
Yongbyon is North Korea's only known source of plutonium but the country is believed to have at least two other facilities where uranium is enriched.
Mr Trump said when he raised the issue of a second enrichment facility apart from Yongbyon, the North Korean delegation was "surprised" by what the US knew.

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