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Summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un will be after US elections on November 6 Donald Trump Trump: Next Summit With N. Korea's Kim to Be After Nov. US Elections
Kenny Thornton | 11 October, 2018, 21:32

An anonymous South Korean source quoted by Reuters believes the Americans were anxious the South was making too many concessions ahead of last weekend's summit between the North and the US.

The Kaesong factory park was a major symbol of cooperation between the Koreas and an important income source for North Korea before the South's previous conservative government shut it down in February 2016 following a North Korean nuclear test and long-range rocket launch.

The joint call for easing sanctions echoes similar statements from the three countries in recent months following frequent diplomatic consultations between the DPRK and its two closest allies this year.

However, if they were lifted, by allowing cross-border barter trade - in which goods, but no actual currency crosses borders - North-South trade could feasibly resume without violating global sanctions. -North Korea summit being arranged by Washington and Pyongyang.

Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman presented "Trump: The Art of the Deal" to Kim Il Guk, North Korea's minister of Physical Culture and Sports, in 2017.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un agreed to set up a no-fly zone near the border, end military drills, and begin removing landmines and guard posts in the De-Militarized Zone separating their halves of the Korean peninsula, among other measures.

Trump said "eventually we're going to have lots of meetings on USA soil and on their soil by the way".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has again made a mockery of the U.S. policy towards Pyongyang when meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, this time in decidedly flashy style.

The fast pace in inter-Korean engagement appears to have created a level of unease in Washington, which insists that efforts to improve relations between the Koreas should move in tandem with efforts to denuclearize the North.

Meanwhile, Kang said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed displeasure over an agreement reached between the rival Koreas last month to reduce conventional military threats between them.

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Mr Khashoggi was last seen visiting the consulate last week and Turkey says he may have been murdered there. Ankara's relationship with Riyadh is too important to jeopardise on the basis of unsubstantiated rumour.

The demand for the hike is aimed at covering the costs for the regular or emergency deployment of "strategic assets" to the Korean Peninsula, he said, referring to advanced US weapon systems like stealth fighters, aircraft carriers and nuclear subs.

After Trump and Kim met in Singapore for a summit June 12, Rodman said he did not want any credit for helping to bring the two nations together.

Despite the current mood of detente and negotiation between the Koreas, the removal of sanctions would be a hard decision for Seoul's government.

South Korea still hopes to press ahead with improving ties with its neighbour, Oba said, and Moon "will continue to test the envelope but avoid any actions he thinks will cause open tensions with the United States".

South Korea suspended most trade with the North in 2010 following a North Korean torpedo attack on a South Korean warship that killed 46 sailors on board.

"The government should first appeal to the bereaved families for their understanding", Rep. Chung Jin-seok of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party, said.

On Wednesday, during a National Assembly audit of her ministry, Kang raised the possibility of lifting those sanctions.

Currently, tens of thousands of people are being detained in North Korean in labor camps for their religious beliefs and defection.

But the removal of such sanctions wouldn't be enough to get the tours back on, said Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Dongguk University and a policy adviser to Moon.

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