The White House is managing its expectations over North Korea. On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump said there’s now no time limit for North Korea’s denuclearization. His change of tune was weeks in the making, but it’s particularly stark when compared to his rhetoric leading up to the talks, when Washington was pushing for complete denuclearization by the end of Trump’s first term. There is still no evidence that North Korea is willing to fully dismantle its nuclear program without reciprocal measures from the U.S. that Washington probably wouldn’t tolerate. If anything, the evidence suggests North Korea is moving in the opposite direction. (On Monday, for example, Japanese media reported that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused North Korea of operating secret uranium enrichment facilitates during his recent trip to Pyongyang.) Still, the European Union followed Washington’s lead on Tuesday, saying sanctions would not be lifted until denuclearization is complete
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