Thursday, 18 October, 2018

North Korea threatens to stall denuclearization in warning to US

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Kenny Thornton | 10 August, 2018, 11:26

He continued to note that the USA has no current plans to relax sanctions on North Korea until there is evidence the country is taking steps to denuclearize, saying the Trump administration would continue its campaign of "maximum pressure".

Three South Korean firms imported coal from North Korea disguised as Russian products in violation of United Nations resolutions in a fresh sign of loosening sanctions, South Korea's customs agency said on Friday.

North Korea's nuclear weapons program has caused worldwide tension for decades and the rhetoric and threats from Kim and Trump had been especially hostile before their June meeting.

"We expect the Russians and all countries to abide to the U.N. Security Council resolutions and enforce sanctions on North Korea", he said.

Those American officials are "going against the intention of President Trump to advance the DPRK-U.S. relations, who is expressing gratitude to our goodwill measures for implementing the DPRK-U.S. joint statement", it said referring to the North by its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Pyongyang has also stepped up its calls for a formal end to the Korean War, which some analysts believe is meant to be the first step in the North's effort to eventually see all 28,500 US troops leave the Korean Peninsula.

The South Korean official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of office rules, said the two Koreas will also discuss ways to push through tension-reducing agreements made during an earlier summit between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

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US National Security Advisor John Bolton has also weighed in on the issue, saying Sunday that nobody in Trump's administration is "starry-eyed" about the prospect "of North Korea actually denuclearising".

The foreign ministry said that despite their efforts to work with the US - by stopping their missile launches and nuclear tests - America continues to insist on "denuclearization first", and continues to encourage worldwide sanctions against the North.

Earlier this month, August 3, the U.S. mission to the UN submitted proposals to the UN Security Council suggesting new sanctions against North Korea. It also wasn't clear when another leaders' summit might happen.

North Korea went ahead with the return of the remains of some US soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean war in a goodwill measure aimed at breaking down mistrust between the countries, it said.

In the meantime, both Koreas are seeking an end of the Korean War.

At the June summit with Trump, Kim made a vague commitment to denuclearisation - far from the longstanding USA demand for the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of Pyongyang's atomic arsenal.

South and North Korea technically remain at war as the Korean War ended only with the armistice treaty.

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