North Korea criticises 'alarming' US impatience on denuclearisation

North Korea criticises 'alarming' US impatience on denuclearisationNorth Korea on Saturday said the US was acting with “alarming” impatience on the issue of denuclearisation, after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed the need to maintain full sanctions pressure on Pyongyang. The contrasting comments at a security forum in Singapore came after a new UN report showed Pyongyang was continuing with its nuclear and missile programmes and evading sanctions through ship-to-ship oil transfers. At historic talks with President Donald Trump in June, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un signed up to a vague commitment to “denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula” — a far cry from long-standing US demands for complete, verifiable and irreversible disarmament.


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Mike Pompeo arrives in Pyongyang to press for commitment to denuclearisation

Mike Pompeo arrives in Pyongyang to press for commitment to denuclearisationMike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, vowed to get North Korea to make specific commitments towards “total” denuclearisation during the first day of his trip to Pyongyang on Friday. Mr Pompeo is aiming to leave his third trip to the North Korean capital with the promise of concrete action from Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, following his summit with Donald Trump, the US president, last month. “On this trip, I’m seeking to fill in some details on these commitments and continue the momentum toward implementation of what the two leaders promised each other and the world. I expect that the DPRK [North Korea] is ready to do the same,” Mr Pompeo said. One key aim of the trip is thought to be the return of the remains of US troops killed during the 1950-53 Korean War. Both sides have suggested Pyongyang is willing to turn over dozens if not hundreds of sets of remains. It is Mr Pompeo’s third trip to Pyongyang Credit: AP- Doubts over the North’s intentions have grown amid reports it is continuing to expand facilities related to its nuclear and missile programs and questions over how willing the North Korean dictator is to give up his nuclear arsenal. Mr Trump has faced criticism for suspending large-scale US military drills with South Korea before failing to receive a firm time frame for the North’s denuclearisation process. On Friday night South Korean officials claimed North Korea appeared to be developing a new submarine capable of launching nuclear-armed ballistic missiles. Satellite imagery reviewed by the country’s intelligence officials suggested North Korea is constructing the submarine in a facility on the east coast of the country, the Wall Street Journal reported. Mr Pompeo met with Kim Yong Chol, a senior official a who has been something of a point-man on Washington negotiations, on Friday for his first round of talks. “The more you come, more trust we can build between one another,” Mr Kim told America’s top diplomat. It was not clear if Mr Pompeo would meet directly with Kim Jong-un, as he had done previously, but the diplomat reportedly brought with him a CD with the Elton John song “Rocket Man” as a gift. Mr Trump repeatedly derided Kim as “Little Rocket Man” during heightened tensions between the two leaders, something Kim reportedly raised at their June 12 summit. According to the South Korean newspaper The Chosun Ilbo, Mr Trump asked Mr Pompeo to bring a copy of the CD and a letter during his subsequent trip to the state.


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Seoul says N. Korea sanctions may be eased before full denuclearisation

Seoul says N. Korea sanctions may be eased before full denuclearisationSouth Korea said Monday that sanctions against North Korea could be eased once it takes “substantive steps towards denuclearisation”, seemingly setting the bar lower than Washington for such a move. Last week’s Singapore summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un produced only a vague statement in which Kim “reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”. Amid fears the summit would weaken the international coalition against the North’s nuclear programme, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed after the meeting that sanctions would remain in place until North Korea’s complete denuclearisation.


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North Korea sanctions remain until complete denuclearisation, says US

  1. North Korea sanctions remain until complete denuclearisation, says US  BBC News
  2. Pompeo Pushes Back Against North Korean Sanctions-Relief Claims  Bloomberg
  3. The US-North Korea summit was great for China, but not so good for the rest of Asia  CNBC
  4. Trump’s Declaration That North Korea Is ‘No Longer a Nuclear Threat’ Will Haunt Him  RollingStone.com
  5. Ex-CIA officer: During Trump-Kim summit, China and Russia were surely spying  Fox News
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North Korea's Kim tells China he is committed to denuclearisation

North Korea's Kim tells China he is committed to denuclearisationBy Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told a visiting Chinese diplomat on Thursday that he is committed to denuclearisation, China’s foreign ministry said, as diplomatic efforts to bring lasting peace to the Korean peninsula gather pace. China is North Korea’s most important economic and diplomatic backer, despite its anger at North Korea’ repeated nuclear and missile tests, and its support for strong U.N. sanctions against the North.


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North Korea tells US it is prepared to discuss denuclearisation – source

  1. North Korea tells US it is prepared to discuss denuclearisation – source  Reuters
  2. North Korea Said to Offer Direct Assurance It Will Discuss Denuclearization  New York Times
  3. US reportedly confirmed Kim Jong Un is willing to discuss denuclearization  Business Insider
  4. Commentary: Summits with North Korea promise spectacular drama, risk becoming a diplomatic mess  Channel NewsAsia
  5. White House: North Korea willing to talk denuclearization  The Mercury News
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