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Trump wants to keep NKorea sanctions, won’t rule out summit

Last Updated Apr 12, 2019 at 5:39 am PDT

President Donald Trump meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says the U.S. wants to keep economic sanctions in place to pressure North Korea to give up nuclear weapons, but isn’t ruling out a third summit with Kim Jong Un or taking steps to ease food or other shortages in the repressive nation.

“We want sanctions to remain in place,” Trump said Thursday at the White House during a meeting with South Korea President Moon Jae-in. “I think that sanctions right now are at a level that’s a fair level.”

Moon, for his part, has called for an easing of sanctions, including those holding back joint economic projects between North and South Korea. Trump said he would favor easing those sanctions at the right time but added: “This isn’t the right time.”