Pyongyang has promised to deliver a “Christmas gift” if there is no progress on easing up on sanctions. But any movement on that front seems nearly impossible at this stage considering talks with Washington have stalled and the North Korean regime is once again insulting Trump regularly. As tensions with North Korea increase, and especially if there is a test around the holidays, it would mark a huge blow to one of President Donald Trump’s major foreign policy initiatives. And it would happen right as he gears up for the presidential campaign.
„As you do that step by step, that’s in essence how you develop some trust that lets you go to the final goal, which is elimination of nuclear weapons and the means to produce them, and integration of North Korea into the community of nations and the international economic system,“ he added.
Hecker was in Seoul to attend a forum on geopolitics and the denuclearization of the North hosted by the Korean National Diplomatic Academy and the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network.
„I’d be surprised if North Korea acted hostilely,“ Trump was quoted as telling reporters at the White House. „He knows I have an election coming up. I don’t think he wants to interfere with that. But we’ll have to see.“
The remark came as the North has increased pressure on the United States to meet its demand for a new negotiating proposal by year’s end, strongly suggesting that otherwise, it could restart testing of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).
In the statement, the ambassador, Kim Song, said the United States‘ pursuit of „sustained and substantial dialogue“ was a „time-saving trick“ to benefit a „domestic political agenda.“
„We do not need to have lengthy talks with the US now and the denuclearization is already gone out of the negotiation table,“ he said.
The U.N. bans North Korea from launching satellites because it is considered a forbidden test of long-range missile technology.
After repeated failures, North Korea successfully put a satellite into orbit for the first time in 2012 in a launch from the same site. North Korea had another successful satellite launch in 2016.
The U.S. and South Korea have been conducting annual military exercises since 1955, months after the end of the Korean War, in order to maintain their combat abilities to defend against North Korea. There are about 28,500 American troops currently stationed in South Korea.
During the talks in Tokyo, Kenji Kanasugi, director general of the Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, and Biegun agreed that Japan, the United States and South Korea will continue to work closely together in addressing the North Korean issue, the ministry said in a statement.
Lee Do-hoon and his U.S. counterpart, Stephen Biegun, met Wednesday in Bangkok on the sidelines of a series of multilateral meetings involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Japan said last week it would end expedited shipments of chemical compounds used by South Korean companies in the manufacture of microchips and smartphones.
Tokyo is angry at South Korean court rulings that Japanese firms must compensate forced laborers from Japan’s 1910-1945 rule of the peninsula.
U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun will travel to Brussels July 8-9 and Berlin July 10-11 for meetings with European officials and with Republic of Korea Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Lee Do-hoon to advance our shared efforts to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made it clear that security assurance is his key demand in terms of corresponding measures for denuclearization, Russian President Vladimir Putin told South Korean President Moon Jae-in during their talks here Saturday.
U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun made the remarks when he met with his South Korean counterpart, Lee Do-hoon, a day before U.S. President Donald Trump visits Seoul for summit talks with President Moon Jae-in, according to the foreign ministry.
The criticism was apparently based on confusion over Pompeo’s recent remarks.
Speaking to reporters about North Korea and Iran in quick succession, Pompeo said earlier this week that „some 80-plus percent of the North Korean economy“ is sanctioned when he should have said „the Iranian economy.“ He almost immediately corrected his comment.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, meeting with visiting President Xi Jinping, said his country is waiting on a response in stalled nuclear talks with the United States.
„North Korea would like to remain patient,“ state broadcaster CCTV reported Kim as saying. „But it hopes the relevant party will meet halfway with North Korea.“
– In a state visit this week, the Chinese president is expected to provide massive aid to the North, with reports anticipating at least 100,000 tonnes of food
– International food organisations say 10 million people, or 40 per cent of North Korea’s population, are in urgent need of sustenance
It is particularly noteworthy that Xi’s visit to the North is taking place right before the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, June 28 and 29. President Trump is expected to visit South Korea around the time of the G20 Summit for a meeting with President Moon Jae-in. Therefore, the key players in the denuclearization talks are gathering in this part of the world at the same time.
Kang returned from a two-day trip to Russia, where she held talks with her counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on key bilateral issues, including the latest on North Korea’s denuclearization.
South Korea’s presidential office publicly toned down its expectations for an early inter-Korean summit Tuesday, a day after Beijing and Pyongyang announced this week’s bilateral summit.
Move is first such trip by a Chinese president in 14 years and comes amid stalling nuclear talks with the US
Vladimir Putin informed Donald Trump of the key results of his April 25 meeting in Vladivostok with Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK Kim Jong-un, stressing that Pyongyang’s good-faith fulfilment of its commitments should be accompanied by reciprocal steps to ease the sanctions pressure on North Korea. Both parties noted the importance of consistent progress towards denuclearisation and achieving long-term normalisation on the Korean Peninsula.
„They spoke about North Korea for a good bit of time on the call and reiterated both the commitment and the need for denuclearization,“ Sanders told reporters at the White House.
„And the president said several times on this front as well the need and importance of Russia stepping up and continuing to help and put pressure on North Korea to denuclearize,“ she said. „And that was again the focus of the president’s comment on that front.“
The North fired an unidentified short-range missile from the city of Wonsan around 9 a.m. (0000 GMT), South Korea’s Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. The Office said it was conducting joint analysis with the United States.
Seoul informed Pyongyang of the plan to hold the event via the joint liaison office, and North Korea is said to have never responded.
Moon did not attend the ceremony…
Among the 410 attendees were Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon and Gyeonggi Province Gov. Lee Jae-myung; Gen. Robert Abrams, the commander of the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command; dozens of embassy officials and some 200 Seoul and Gyeonggi citizens.
The media also specified that Kim was accompanied by Kim Phyong Hae and O Su Yong, members of the Political Bureau and vice-chairmen of the WPK Central Committee, country’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, chief of the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army Ri Yong Gil and other high-ranking officials.
Es sei nicht geplant, im Anschluss an die Gespräche ein Papier zu unterzeichnen oder eine Erklärung bekannt zu geben. Eine gemeinsame Erklärung werde weder überprüft noch geplant, hieß es.
Kim wird voraussichtlich nach dem Gipfel einen oder zwei weitere Tage in Wladiwostok bleiben.
Kim’s special train left for Russia earlier in the day, the Korean Central News Agency said. It did not specify from where it departed and where it is headed.
The Kremlin earlier said that the summit will be held in Russia’s Far East city of Vladivostok on Thursday.
Asked by reporters whether he was prepared to ease some sanctions on North Korea, Trump said he and Moon were discussing „certain humanitarian things“ and the possibility of South Korea helping the North with food. He did not rule out participating in a three-way summit with both Kim and Moon.
Choe also said the U.S. was „gangster-like“ in their demands for denuclearization. To that,… Pompeo said it was not the first time that North Korea had portrayed him in a negative light,… and added that the two sides have continued to have „very professional conversations“ despite such accusations. He also said he has every expectation… that they’ll be able to continue such discussions.
South Korea has named new ambassadors to China, Japan and Russia in a recent regular spring reshuffle of senior diplomats, as it seeks to bolster diplomacy for its peace efforts with North Korea, sources said Monday.
The two leaders saw that efforts and proactive measures taken by both sides to ease tension, propel peace and bring about complete denuclearization on the Korean peninsula has been gravely meaningful in encouraging trust between them and fundamentally changing the distrust and inimical relationship that had continued between the two countries for decades, KCNA said.
Nevertheless, North Korean state news agency KNCA’s report Friday offered an upbeat takeaway of the meeting, saying both leaders walked away with a deeper commitment to forging ties between the two historically hostile nations.
(1.3.2019) „So funny to watch people who have failed for years, they got NOTHING, telling me how to negotiate with North Korea. But thanks anyway,“ Trump tweeted.
CNN’s Kevin Liptak reported that top aides had told Trump a deal was tough to reach in Hanoi, but the President had harbored hopes that he could turn the tables. He was dismayed to find that the North Korean leader was so inflexible.
As talks between the United States and North Korea ended on Thursday with little to show for the effort, US President Donald Trump said his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping could have been “more helpful” in encouraging Pyongyang to give up its pursuit of nuclear weapons – even as he acknowledged Beijing’s support, Trend reports referring to South China Morning Post.
The White House has announced that no agreement was reached in Trump’s summit with Kim Jong Un. The President will brief the media before departing Hanoi.
• President Trump and Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, failed to reach a deal on denuclearization during their second summit meeting in eight months. “Sometimes you have to walk,” Mr. Trump said after the talks broke down.
• Mr. Trump said Mr. Kim was willing to close some but not all nuclear sites in North Korea in exchange for the lifting of all international sanctions.
• The leaders were scheduled to have lunch together and sign a joint agreement, but those plans were abruptly called off.
The White House today insisted talks between the pair would continue in the future despite the talks breaking down early and a joint agreement signing ceremony being scrapped
President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un meet in Vietnam for a second round of talks, focusing on Kim’s nuclear arsenal.
HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc met with US President Donald Trump in Hà Nội on Wednesday.
The Vietnamese Government leader warmly welcomed the US leader for the second DPRK-USA summit and bilateral activities with Việt Nam.
Watchers say,… since only the closest aides will take part in the greeting and dinner, the two countries will have a frank discussion on denuclearization and corresponding measures. Adding to that speculation is the fact that the hawkish U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton, who also arrived in Hanoi on Tuesday,… ISN’T a member of these talks.
▪ Leaders of North Korea and U.S. to have sit-down meeting Wednesday evening
President Moon Jae-in is also likely to discuss the upcoming Kim-Trump summit during his weekly meeting this afternoon with top aides at the Blue House. The president had previously ordered his chief secretaries to keep working hard to achieve denuclearization and permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula. And with presidential spokesperson Kim Eui-kyeom even floating the possibility of a declaration of the end of the Korean War during this week’s summit, it is likely that President Moon may also make a statement in his meeting later today.
„The DPRK will continue sticking to the stance of denuclearization and resolving the Korean Peninsula issue through dialogue and consultation, and make efforts for the second summit between DPRK and U.S. leaders to achieve results that will be welcomed by the international community,“ Xinhua quoted Kim as saying during talks with Xi.
우리 민족이 전쟁의 위험에서 벗어나 더는 돌려세울 수 없는 화해와 신뢰의 관계가 되었음을 전해주었습니다. 서울 상봉이 이뤄지지 못한 데 대한 아쉬움도 담겨있습니다.
남북과 북미정상회담의 합의에 대한 적극적인 실천 의지도 다시 한 번 천명해주었습니다.
It marks the end of a historic year in North-South relations, with the leaders hugging each other on the tarmac of Pyongyang International Airport in their most recent meeting in September — believed to be the first time Kim had greeted visitors at the airport since taking power in 2011.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will likely tamp down his rhetoric in his New Year’s Day message in order to not provoke the United States and try to revive the hope for their long-stalemated denuclearization talks, experts said Sunday.
“Chairman Kim said he is willing to meet often with President Moon next year to move forward discussions on peace and prosperity and resolve the issue of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” Moon’s spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said in a statement.
Addressing world leaders on the G20 stage,… President Moon Jae-in emphasized that peace on the Korean Peninsula will open the way for greater global prosperity. Speaking in Argentina on Friday,… President Moon said sustainable development is only possible through peace,… and friendly inter-Korean ties will contribute to humanity.
Now,… onto the South Korean leader’s trip to the G20 Summit in Argentina. President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump held talks Friday on the sidelines of the summit. North Korea dominated most of their discussion. Shin Se-min has this story.
U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun will meet with Republic of Korea Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Lee Do-hoon in Washington on Tuesday, November 20, to further strengthen our close coordination on efforts to achieve our shared goal of final, fully verified denuclearization.
South Korea is cranking up its mediation diplomacy to keep North Korea on a denuclearization track and squelch growing U.S. skepticism about its engagement with the communist state, analysts in Seoul said Thursday.
I look forward to working closely with our #ROK friends and allies to ensure progress on inter-Korean relations is in lockstep with progress on denuclearization. @StateDept
Pompeo met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on the eve of his fourth visit to North Korea, during which he’ll be looking to arrange a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and plot a path forward on denuclearization. Japan, notably, has been wary of Trump’s initiative, fearing it could affect its long-standing security relationship with the U.S.
(28.9.2018) Given the Trump administration’s goal of a complete, verifiable denuclearization of North Korea during President Trump’s first term, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is eager to maintain U.S.-North Korean engagement. As he prepares for upcoming discussions with the North Koreans, he is leaving one tool conspicuously on the table: the prospect of an official declaration to end the Korean War.
He went on to explain: “I repeated it but it was a comment that had been made by the leaders who had their inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang. They talked about 2021 when they were gathered there. So I was reiterating this as a timeline that they were potentially prepared to agree to.” Pompeo is set to visit Pyongyang on Sunday for nuclear negotiations, his first trip since an earlier one was canceled by Trump over a lack of progress.
South Korea is proposing that the United States hold off on a demand for an inventory of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and accept the verified closure of a key North Korean nuclear facility as a next step in the negotiations, Seoul’s top diplomat said in an interview with The Washington Post.
„The leaders agreed to continue communicating closely about corresponding measures,“ said Kim Eui-kyeom, a spokesman for South Korea’s presidential office Cheong Wa Dae. In their bilateral summit held in New York, the leaders of South Korea and the United States also agreed on the need to show North Korea a bright future following its denuclearization.
Speaking to Fox News on Sunday, Pompeo said the Trump administration is working diligently to achieve many outcomes regarding denuclearization,…adding negotiations are underway, although the details have not been provided to the press.
The North Korea ball is thoroughly back in Washington’s court.
That was the message from South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday during a news conference in Seoul to cap a historic trip to Pyongyang.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a broad agreement on Wednesday morning in Pyongyang that both said would usher in a new era of peace on the Korean Peninsula.
(24.8.2018) „Things will definitely get complicated if (and) when the diplomacy seriously stalls,“ said Oliver Hotham, managing editor of the Korea Risk Group. „There will definitely be those in (Seoul) who will be furious with the US.“
Kim said he and Moon agreed to remove all nuclear weapons and threats from the Korean Peninsula.
„The September declaration will open a higher level for the improvement in relations (between the South and the North) … and bring closer the era of peace and prosperity,“ Kim said of his agreement signed with Moon after their two-day talks in Pyongyang.
The joint declaration, later released by Seoul’s presidential office Cheong Wa Dae, showed the North’s agreement on denuclearization steps.
The director of South Korea’s National Intelligence Agency, Suh Hoon, is due to meet tomorrow with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo… to brief him on his recent visit to North Korea. Suh left for Tokyo this morning. It’s expected that he’ll convey Kim Jong-un’s reported willingness to denuclearize and ask for Japan’s support in reviving talks between Pyongyang and Washington to that end.
(30.8.2018) Investigative news outlet Vox cited „multiple sources familiar with the negotiations“ as saying Trump made the promise during his summit with Kim in Singapore in June.
The report said Trump made the promise and later qualified it by asking North Korea to dismantle most of its nuclear arsenal first.
South Korean officials announced on Thursday that a deal has been reached to hold a summit in Pyongyang from September 18-20. The summit is to focus on “practical measures” which could be taken for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Hojun, so we hear that the envoys met with the North Korean leader?
That’s right, Daniel. Their encounter was confirmed when the Blue House press corps received a text message from Cheong Wa Dae spokesperson Kim Eui-kyeom less than two hours ago, in which he said South Korea’s special delegation did, in fact, meet with Kim Jong-un to deliver President Moon Jae-in’s personal letter,… and that they exchanged opinions. The Blue House also confirmed that the special envoys will leave Pyongyang after they attend a dinner; but it’s still unclear who the host is.
When he met with representatives of political parties in Seoul on Thursday, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea said that negotiations between the United States and North Korea have recently gained “speed,” with Mr. Pompeo planning to visit North Korea again, according to Yun So-ha, an opposition leader, who briefed reporters on the meeting.
On Thursday, Mr. Pompeo said his team was “continuing to make progress” with the North Koreans, and said he hoped that “we can make a big step here before too long.”
„We are asking North Korea to speed up its denuclearization process. And to the U.S., we are asking that it show sincere efforts about corresponding measures that North Korea is demanding,“ Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told reporters when asked what his government thought about a possible impasse in denuclearization talks between Washington and Pyongyang.
South Korea is urging the U.S. and North Korea to compromise with each other more quickly in order to secure a deal to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.
한중 북핵 수석대표 협의서 완전한 비핵화 및 항구적 평화 정착 논의
Seoul and Beijing’s nuke envoys met to discuss denuclearization and ways to establish lasting peace on the Peninsula. Lee Do-hoon,… representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs,… and his Chinese counterpart, Kong Xuanyou…, reaffirmed their goal of Pyongyang’s complete denuclearization and permanent peace — as promised by the regime during the summits with the South and the U.S.
The chair’s statement from the ASEAN Regional Forum has not yet been released,… but many are keeping a close eye on whether it will reflect North Korea’s statement, in which Ri said that to move forward, Washington must take a new approach to build confidence… and implement all the points of the joint statement in a balanced, simultaneuous and phased way. Pompeo was reportedly not in his seat during the remarks at the ARF because of his schedule. And though the much anticipated sitdown between him and Ri Yong-ho did not take place either,… the atmosphere did not seem hostile at all.
The U.S. is pressing the North to take concrete denuclearization steps, beyond a show of dismantling nuclear and missile testing sites in the absence of international experts.
The North says it has done a lot, and the Trump administration should reciprocate.
SINGAPORE – South Korea will seek the support of countries in the region at this week’s Asean-led meetings to encourage Pyongyang to deliver on its vow to denuclearise, and hold it to account if necessary.
From here on, it’s expected that North Korea and the U.S. will focus on finding a middle ground between the U.S. giving the regime a security guarantee through measures like ending the Korean War… and Pyongyang taking steps to denuclearize. This week, the foreign ministers of the two Koreas, the U.S., and China will all be attending the ASEAN Regional Forum in Singapore.
If the US is unwilling to replace the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War with a permanent peace that would ensure the survival of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s regime, Pyongyang will likely not proceed further with denuclearization talks, the source said.
The establishment of a legally binding peace treaty would require the approval of two-thirds of the US Senate.
After meeting U.S. officials in Washington this week, Lee Do-hoon, Seoul’s special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs,… told reporters that another round of talks with North Korea will take place soon. The U.S. has formed a negotiating team led by the State Department,… and is coordinating its stance on denuclearization and other important issues concerning the North.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday called for sincere efforts on all sides to move the North Korean denuclearization process forward, insisting that its leader Kim Jong-un is determined to turn his country into a normal state.
„I have met Chairman Kim Jong-un twice so far. Chairman Kim had a great desire to break away from ideological confrontations and develop North Korea into a normal country,“ Moon said in a special lecture hosted by the Institute of South East Asian Studies in Singapore.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ended his latest trip to North Korea on Sunday without meeting leader Kim Jong-un and trailed by accusations of „gangster-like“ arm-twisting from a newly emboldened regime.
Pompeo claimed there was „progress on almost all of the central issues“ in nine hours of „productive conversations“ with Kim’s right-hand man Kim Yong-chol and others but came away without any concrete agreement on denuclearization.(…)
Pompeo downplayed the „gangster“ accusations at a press conference in Tokyo with the foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan.
He said the Trump administration won’t lift sanctions against Pyongyang until its final, fully-verified denuclearization.
The denuclearization of Korea covers not just nuclear bombs but also missiles, he said, adding North Korean officials also understand that.
On the trustworthiness issue, he said, „There will be a verification connected to the complete denuclearization,“
„North Korea reaffirmed it’s commitment to complete denuclearization… North Korea also reaffirmed it’s earlier commitment to destroy its missile engine test site, which will make the region and the world safer,“ Pompeo said.
Pompeo is in Tokyo to brief his Japanese and South Korean counterparts on the talks, which he has characterized as productive.
Chairman Kim Jong Un expressed his expectation and conviction that good personal relations forged with President Trump and his sentiments of good faith built towards the latter at the Singapore summit and talks would be further consolidated through the process of future dialogues such as high-level talks this time.
But, the U.S. side came up only with its unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization just calling for CVID, declaration and verification, all of which run counter to the spirit of the Singapore summit meeting and talks.
The U.S. side never mentioned the issue of establishing a peace regime on the Korean peninsula which is essential for defusing tension and preventing a war. It took the position that it would even backtrack on the issue it had agreed on to end the status of war under certain conditions and excuses.
Pompeo said that a Pentagon team plans to meet with North Korean officials on or about July 12 at the border between North and South Korea to discuss the repatriation of remains and that working level talks will be held soon on the destruction of North Korea’s missile engine testing facility.
After the crucible of the Trump-Kim summit, it seems clear that Pompeo has been elevated, and Bolton diminished, by the president’s sudden love affair with Pyongyang. But Pompeo will also be the first to fall “if this thing goes to shit.”
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo provides an update on North Korea during a Cabinet meeting at the White House on June 21, 2018.
To be sure, unlike the two Koreas, Pakistan and India are two different nations, with two different histories and national stories, and some shared attributes like all other neighbors. But the Pak-India conflict offers some similarities to the Korean conflict in terms of complexity and insolvability. Both conflicts involve emotions, ideologies, and nuclear weapons. China and the United States are important outside players in both cases; both conflicts appear impossible to resolve, and both have wider implications for the region and the world.
Former Unification Minister Lee Jong-seok, currently a senior researcher at the private think tank Sejong Institute, made the remark during a forum hosted by the institute in Seongnam, just south of Seoul, to analyze the outcome of the Tuesday summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Let’s hope Kim Jong-un doesn’t go nuts on his plane home and pull out of the communique he just signed with Donald Trump in Singapore.
„We wish and support the two sides to implement the consensus reached by the two leaders, promote follow-up consultations, further consolidate and expand the achievements, and make the political settlement of the peninsula issue a sustainable and irreversible process,“ it said.
„As a neighbor of the peninsula and an important party of the issue, China stands ready to work with other relevant parties toward denuclearization and the establishment of a peace mechanism on the Korean Peninsula.“
(30.5.2018) According to Hecker, North Korea’s recent demolition of its nuclear test site is a significant step in that direction.
“The so-called ‘Libya model’ – complete and immediate denuclearization – is not a viable solution,” Hecker said. “Our approach leaves each party with a manageable level of risk. Even though it takes longer, it is safer for the world.”
Hecker also encouraged the US to recognize North Korea’s desire for civilian programs, including energy production, the use of radioactive substances in medical research, diagnosis and treatment, and a peaceful space program. These types of civilian programs can also foster opportunities for a collaborative relationship between the United States and North Korea. Further, increased cooperation –including with South Korea – can help make efforts for verification and monitoring with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) more reliable. The verification process that will confirm to what extent North Korea dismantles and destroys its military nuclear program is a big issue for negotiations, the scholars said.
„Scientifically you have to wait certain periods of time,“ Trump said, speaking about the process of denuclearization. „But once you start the process it means it’s pretty much over.“
Until then, these measures will keep squeezing North Korea’s economy:
The interactive below outlines the sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council on North Korea over the past twelve years, on top of earlier sanctions. It allows the reader to navigate by resolution or by type of sanction, and to see the cumulative effect at any point in time. The purpose is to help users understand what is currently required of UN members with regard to economic engagement with the North, how pressure on Pyongyang has built up over time, and what active measures can be taken if countries want to trade sanctions relief for steps to reduce—and ultimately eliminate—the North Korean nuclear threat.
Pyongyang’s stated commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula is good news, but the implementation of the intention should be verified, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Wednesday.
The Secretary-General welcomes the holding of the Summit between the leaders of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States as an important milestone in the advancement of sustainable peace and the complete and verifiable denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.
As the Secretary-General noted in letters to both leaders before the Summit, the road ahead requires cooperation, compromise and a common cause. Implementing today’s and previous agreements reached, in accordance with relevant Security Council resolutions, will require patience and support from the global community.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has expressed “unwavering commitment” to complete denuclearization, US President Trump said after their first face-to face talks. However, sanctions against Pyongyang to stay in place, he added.
U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the dismantlement of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program will take place as soon as „mechanically, physically“ possible, but refused to set a deadline.
Asia’s key defense forum opened in Singapore on Friday, with North Korea’s nuclear issue high on the agenda, at a time when regional security faces a potential turning point.
The annual Shangri-La Dialogue comes amid cautious optimism about a historic breakthrough in efforts to denuclearize North Korea and formally end the 1950-53 Korean War with a peace treaty.
Noting with high appreciation that the situation in the Korean peninsula and the region has entered a phase of stability thanks to the DPRK, which has taken practical steps while successfully steering the relations between the north and the south of Korea and between the DPRK and the U.S., Lavrov said that Russia fully supports the DPRK’s determination and stand on the DPRK-U.S. summit high on the agenda and the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and wishes for good successes.
Kim Jong Un said that the DPRK’s will for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula still remains unchanged and consistent and fixed and he hoped that the DPRK-U.S. relations and the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula will be solved on a stage-by-stage basis by finding a solution to meet the interests of each other through a new method in a new era and under a new situation and the solution of the issues will progress through effective and constructive dialogue and negotiation.
The first is North Korea declaring how far it’s willing to go in abandoning the program. The second is deciding how and when Pyongyang will offer an explanation of that process to Washington,… and the final step is determining how the U.S. will verify those claims.
President Moon Jae-in has given his word that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is still committed the „complete denuclearization“ of the Korean peninsula and to a planned meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. Our chief Blue House correspondent Moon Connyoung has more from the South Korean leader’s press conference broadcast live earlier this Sunday morning. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is determined to meet U.S. President Donald Trump to discuss the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
CVID: complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement (CVID) of N. Korea’s nuclear weapons
Pyongyang has offered to halt nuclear tests and taken steps to assuage tensions in inter-Korean ties. Washington also took a step forward by agreeing to the Trump-Kim meeting. Given the huge divide and mistrust between the US and North Korea, a summit is needed to break the deadlock.
As the US takes the strategic upper hand, naturally North Korea has worries. Washington needs to be more proactive if the two sides want to build trust. The US and North Korea, bracing for the summit, must go forward. Otherwise there will be more political risks for Washington.
The recently held Inter-Korea summit seems to have created some progress towards a peace treaty, and the potential for the nuclear disarmament of North Korea. While the countries of the immediate region and United States are deemed to have the most a stake in a less hostile posture on the Korean peninsula, Australia also has a significant interest in the development of greater trust and cooperation between the two Koreas.
Q: What role do you want Japan to play to solve North Korea’s nuclear issues and achieve peace and security on the Korean Peninsula?
A: Japan will be able to fulfill a very important role in the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula. I think this is true for such various fields as close cooperation among South Korea, Japan and the United States for the achievement of the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and the normalization of diplomatic ties between Japan and North Korea for the security of the North Korean regime. In particular, I think dialogue between Japan and North Korea should be resumed. If Japan-North Korea relations are normalized, that would greatly contribute to peace and security in Northeast Asia beyond the Korean Peninsula.
President Moon Jae-in says he is confident that the Panmunjeom Declaration is what the world was waiting for and will serve as the starting point of a great transition in the course of the world’s history.
Moon made the remark on Monday during a meeting of his key aides at the presidential office, noting that by signing the Panmunjeom Declaration, the two Koreas had agreed on their shared goal of fully denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.
North Korea urged the United States Friday to take sincere action in response to the country’s commitment to denuclearization, denouncing Washington’s pledge to continue its sanctions and pressure in the event of no progress on the North Korea nuclear issue.
The leaders of North and South Korea agreed on Friday to work to remove all nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula and, within the year, declare an official end to the Korean War that ravaged the two nations from 1950 to 1953.
At a historic summit meeting, the first time a North Korean leader had ever set foot in the South, the leaders vowed to negotiate a peace treaty to replace a truce that has kept an uneasy peace on the divided Korean Peninsula for more than six decades, while ridding it of nuclear weapons.
(8.8.2018) The Wall Street Journal first reported the direct confirmation by the North.
Wang said China appreciates the DPRK’s commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and its important efforts to ease the situation on the peninsula.
Kim, the third generation of his family to lead his country, said the situation on the Korean peninsula was improving and that his government has taken steps to ease tensions, Xinhua reported. Kim added that if the US and South Korea were willing to respond to North Korea’s efforts with sincerity the nuclear issue “can be solved”.
On the Korean Peninsula issue, Xi said that China sticks to the goal of denuclearization of the peninsula, safeguarding peace and stability on the peninsula and solving problems through dialogue and consultation.
China calls on all parties to support the improvement of inter-Korean ties, and take concrete efforts to facilitate peace talks, said Xi, noting that China will continue to play constructive role on the issue and work with all parties, including the DPRK, toward the thaw of the situation on the peninsula.
Kim said that the situation on the Korean Peninsula is starting to get better, as the DPRK has taken the initiative to ease tensions and put forward proposals for peace talks.