North Korea’s foreign minister, Ri Yong-Ho (centre), speaks during a news conference with Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui (left) in Hanoi early on Friday. Photo: Bloomberg

Trump-Kim summit 2019: North Korea stages late-night press conference to deny US president’s claims about why summit ended

  • North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho says that contrary to Trump’s claims, Pyongyang only sought partial sanctions relief but offered to dismantle reactor
  • Trump earlier said he ‘had to walk’ from summit because Kim Jong-un wanted sanctions ‘lifted in their entirety’ before moving on weapons
Topic |   Trump-Kim summit

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North Korea’s foreign minister, Ri Yong-Ho (centre), speaks during a news conference with Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui (left) in Hanoi early on Friday. Photo: Bloomberg
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Lee Jeong-ho

Lee Jeong-ho

Lee Jeong-ho reports on China's diplomacy for the Post. He also covers East Asian security and defence stories. Before joining the Post he was with the South Korean Air Force and News1 Korea. He has a bachelor's degree in media and communications and Chinese studies from Sydney University and a master's of international studies in Chinese area studies from Seoul National University.

Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan is Asia Correspondent for the SCMP, covering breaking news, politics, diplomacy, trade and Southeast Asian macroeconomic trends. His work for the Post's Asia desk also focuses on the region's multifaceted interactions with the United States and China. A Singapore native, Bhavan previously worked for Agence France-Presse.