Trump ‘very happy’ with progress in denuclearisation talks with North Korea

24 July, 2018, 02:45 | Author: Carlos George
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The United States on Friday welcomed the U.N. Security Council's united support for the fully verified denuclearization of North Korea and pressed China and Russian Federation to strictly enforce U.N. sanctions to get Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

Graham said on Sunday that the administration needs to now restart joint military exercises in the region and "put on the table removing our dependence from South Korea as a real, stern warning to North Korea of what happens if they play you".

A binding treaty to end the Korean War, which was resolved with an armistice agreement, would likely require extensive negotiations with multiple countries, as well as the approval of two-thirds of the U.S. Senate.

North Korea has begun dismantling what are believed to be key facilities in its intercontinental ballistic missile program, according to monitoring group 38 North.

The Washington Post reported that United States intelligence officials claim North Korea is concealing parts of its nuclear programme and that a missile-engine testing facility earmarked for destruction remains open.

"Trump has been hit with a strong dose of reality of North Korea's negotiating style, which is always hard for Americans to understand", Duyeon Kim, a Korea expert at the Washington DC-based Center for a New American Security, was quoted as saying by the Post.

Nonetheless, Pompeo told reporters after meeting behind closed doors with the 15 council members that President Donald Trump "remains upbeat about the prospects for denuclearization" following his historic summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Pyongyang and Washington have technically been at war since 1950, and their relationship has been defined by decades of mistrust and failed agreements.

The sentiment worsened when Kim Jong Un chose not to meet with Pompeo during his stay as had been expected.

"We have no rush for speed". We're just going through the process.

Officials say Trump has been captivated by the nuclear talks, asking staffers for daily updates on the status of the negotiations.

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"Given that the South Korean government also has an obligation to carry out what was agreed upon in the Panmunjom Declaration, it should not sit idle on the issue of declaring an end to the war", Uriminzokkiri, the North's external propaganda website, argued Monday. A USA official told CNN that Washington is expecting the return of the first group of remains on July 27, the anniversary of the signing of the armistice which paused the Korean War and established the demilitarized zone that divides the two Koreas to this day.

But the actual details of the process, including how and when the North's nuclear program is to be dismantled, have yet to be hammered out.

The South Korean Ministry of Unification supported the foreign minister's position by alleging that the request for a waiver is meant to facilitate the opening of a joint liaison office for the two Koreas and not an attempt to reduce sanctions against Pyongyang.

"It's really pretty straightforward". "There are still steps that must be taken on the road to denuclearization - which Chairman Kim has said he will do", Brooks said.

"The scope and scale of that is agreed to".

According to the Foreign Ministry, the South Korean government will continue to strictly implement the United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang until it has taken concrete steps towards denuclearization.

Trump is denying reports that he's angry with the pace of progress on the Korean Peninsula.

"But it's evident through words and action that the intent to use them has changed". NIS did not respond to CNN's requests for comment on the claim.

Blaming the U.S. and South Korea, the outlet, an outer-track organ not typically accessible to a domestic audience, claimed the process of implementing the DPRK-U.S. joint statement and April's Panmunjom Declaration had not lived up to expectations of the worldwide community and the Korean nation.

"They should be allowed to make decisions (on whether to return) without any interference", he added.

"Their repatriation is a pending issue which brooks no further delay", the news agency added.

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