Trump said North Korea wanted all sanctions lifted. Pyongyang says that’s not quite what it wanted — but it still had a big ask.
North Korea is disputing part of President Donald Trump’s account of why he walked away from a deal with Kim Jong Un at their summit in Vietnam — and is hinting that Kim may be souring on the negotiating process with the United States.
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters Thursday that North Korea had only asked the US for partial sanctions relief, and had offered a “realistic proposal” on denuclearization. According to Bloomberg News, North Korea had specifically requested a batch of sanctions imposed by a series of UN resolutions in 2016 and 2017 be lifted.
Ri’s statement appeared to rebut Trump’s claim that North Korea “wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety” and that the US wasn’t prepared to do that. “They were…