Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told a UN Security Council meeting on September 27 that recent “positive developments” in relations between North and South Korea — combined with warmer U.S.-North Korean ties — should lead to relief from some of the strict sanctions passed by the council last year to push Pyongyang into talks over its nuclear weapons program. . . .
But U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, backed by Western allies on the council, opposed the calls for easing, saying the sanctions should continue to be strictly enforced until North Korea actually takes concrete steps to abandon its nuclear weapons.