North Korea has received a list of 47 demands from the US, which it has to fulfill to ease sanctions pressure from the US, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said in an interview aired by national broadcaster NHK on June 17.
The foreign minister claimed that this includes a full elimination of the nuclear stockpile, other weapons of mass destruction, missiles and relevant infrastructure.
“The supreme leader of North Korea agreed to full denuclearization. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during his visit to Pyongyang that, according to the United States, this notion includes elimination – in the transparent and irreversible form – of the nuclear stockpile and other types of weapons of mass destruction, including chemical and biological ones, as well as missiles and all relevant infrastructure,” Kono said. “In this regard, a list of 74 demands was submitted to North Korea. If the demand for full denuclearization is not carried out in this form, sanctions against North Korea will not be lifted. I think they [North Korea] understand this.”
Kono emphasized that that the missile arsenal and infrastructure of North Korea also has to be eliminated.
As to security guarantees to North Korea, the minister said they are yet to be finalized.
“They can be given in the form of a document, which states that the United States will not attack North Korea, cross the 38th parallel and topple the existing regime,” Kono said. “Guarantees may be given within the framework of a multilateral structure as well. This matter is yet to be discussed.”
According to the foreign minister, the reduction of the US military presence in South Korea is not a matter of the discussion at the moment.