By Kim Kwan-juThe Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump on Friday issued an order that would allow U.N. sanctions on North Korea to be lifted in exchange for its end to its nuclear weapons program.
The move by Trump follows a series of diplomatic blunders in recent months that have triggered a standoff between Washington and Pyongyang.
The new executive order will give U.
Ns. diplomats access to U.K. and U.A.E. embassies to issue sanctions and other measures to address the threats posed by North Korea, and it will give them the authority to waive them in international negotiations with Pyongyang.
North Korea has long maintained that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.
It has said it has the capability to build a nuclear bomb but has so far not done so.
The U.T.A.-run Korean Public Radio said Trump signed the order at the White House.
The Associated Press and Reuters reporters in Seoul were not immediately able to verify the report.
North Korean state media said Trump and his advisers are looking for a new approach to solve the nuclear standoff.