June 28, 2018 / 7:30 AM / 9 months ago

Sanctions stay till North Korea takes 'irreversible' steps: South Korea, U.S. defence chiefs

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis (L) shakes hands with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo (R) before their meeting on June 28, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. Chung Sung-Jun/Pool via REUTERS

SEOUL (Reuters) - United Nations sanctions against North Korea should remain in place until North Korea takes concrete, irreversible steps toward denuclearisation, the defence chiefs of South Korea and the United States said on Thursday.

U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and his counterpart Song Young-moo also agreed to explore additional confidence-building measures while North Korea continues dialogue “in good faith,” according to a joint statement released by Seoul’s defence ministry after their talks in Seoul.

Reporting by Hyonhee Shin and Christine Kim

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