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.
Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers‘ Party of Korea, ordered to promote the military ranks of commanding officers of the Korean People’s Army on Saturday on the occasion of the 70th founding anniversary of the DPRK.
Warmly greeting the delegation were Choe Ryong Hae, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK, vice-chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and vice-chairman of the WPK Central Committee, Ri Su Yong, member of the Political Bureau and vice-chairman of the WPK Central Committee, Kim Yo Jong, alternate member of the Political Bureau and first vice-department director of the WPK Central Committee, Kim Song Nam, first vice-department director of the WPK Central Committee, Ri Kil Song, vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, officials concerned and Li Jinjun, Chinese ambassador to the DPRK, and his embassy officials.
Instead,… this year’s celebrations focused on the the regime’s economy. Civilians paraded across the square with floats displaying messages about socialism. And although there was no speech from the North Korean leader himself,… the ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong-nam , addressed the public with a softer tone,… emphasizing the regime’s initiatives for economic reform. Experts say that as long as the momentum for dialogue continues,… North Korea will hold back on its nuclear ambitions, and concentrate more on its economic growth and improving the lives of its people. Park Hee-jun, Arirang News.
It’s a big day for North Korea, Ji-yeon,… as the regime turns 70 today. We hear that the parade already ended after beginning at around 10AM. But we’re still waiting to hear the specifics,… especially on the military display, what kinds of weapons it featured, and whether North Korean leader Kim Jong-un gave out a public message.
It’s still not known, though, exactly why North Korea stopped holding the Games and decided to revive them this year.
Kim reviewed the procession from a balcony in Kim Il Sung Square, alongside other senior officials, including Li Zhanshu, a special envoy sent by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Kim and Li locked hands and raised arms at the end of the event.
(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.
The U.S. must realize that the more the inter-Korean relations improve, the better way the U.S. would have, and if things of other countries and nations go well, its things would also go well.
In view of the prestige of the DPRK in the international politics and the geo-political position of the Korean peninsula, the inter-Korean relations can be termed a key link in the chain of the world politics, and if the knot in the inter-Korean relations is untied, it will not be bad but good for the U.S.
However, after the phone conversation, the Blue House was cautious to confirm that President Moon will, in fact, attend the General Assembly; while White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said the two leaders agreed to meet later this month. The Blue House said in a separate readout that the two leaders agreed to quote „explore the idea of meeting in person“ on the sidelines of the General Assembly in New York.
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.
Japan held a “secret” meeting with North Korea in Vietnam in July without informing the United States, according to media reports.
Talks were reportedly held between Shigeru Kitamura, head of Japan’s Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office, and Kim Song-hye, a senior North Korean official in charge of reunification.
„I believe President Moon’s role has only become greater,“ the official from the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said when asked about any possible change to Moon’s scheduled trip after U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday abruptly called off Pompeo’s visit.
For the full implementation of the declaration, the adoption of war-end declaration is a task that brooks no further delay. Its adoption is of weighty significance in ensuring the peace and security of the Korean peninsula and the world, to say nothing of the confidence-building between the DPRK and the U.S. and the improvement of their relations.
There is no need to read someone’s face and hesitate over the implementation of the declaration related to the destiny and interests of the Korean nation.
The two Koreas‘ Red Cross chiefs have agreed to hold another family reunions event as early as October.
Park Kyung-seo, the head of the South Korean Red Cross, said Saturday that he made the agreement with his North Korean counterpart during their talks on the sidelines of a meeting of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War at the North’s Mount Kumgang resort.
Let’s go to our Kan Hyeong-woo who is at the Unification Observatory in Goseong, South Korea, right next to the border. Hyeong-woo, what’s the atmosphere like? and give us the details on the agenda for today.
Well Ji-yeon, as you could imagine… seeing their long-lost relatives for the first time in decades and having to be apart again,… words cannot describe how heartbreaking it must be.
Sixty-seven-year-old Cho Jung-ki from the South, meeting his 88-year old father from the North,… whom he’d never seen before Friday… as his father was separated from his wife when she was three months pregnant,… is concerned about his father’s health. „This is red ginseng made in South Korea. There’s red ginseng in North Korea, but please make sure you drink it. It’s good for you. “
South Korea’s foreign ministry has responded,…. saying it will not analyze every single change in the situation, but look at the longer-term picture.
Lu said China supports the United States and the DPRK in actively advancing the process of political settlement to the issue according to the consensus reached by the two countries‘ leaders in Singapore. However, he added that all relevant parties should stick to the direction of political settlement, and show more sincerity and flexibility, instead of being fickle or laying the blame on others.
Meanwhile, while describing the postponement of Pompeo’s trip as a setback, South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said it expects China to continue serving a „constructive role“ in international efforts to solve the nuclear crisis and noted that Beijing continues to express commitment to fully implement sanctions against the North.
Elderly North and South Koreans wept and embraced each other on Friday at a second round of temporary reunions of family members separated for decades by the Korean War.
The first meal in over six decades with long-lost family members started by cheering „love and peace“ together. Addressing the family banquet,.. the President of the South Korean Red Cross Park Kyung-seo said the reunion of war-separated families is one of the most imminent, humanitarian tasks,… stressing the Red Cross of the two Koreas will continue to work together on the matter.
One of the most heart wrenching moments was when one participant recognized a relative she’d never known.
Yes Daniel. Son Kyung-cheol and his sisters met with their aunt in the North, Moon Seong-ok . Now although she is an aunt they have never seen before, they all burst into tears the moment they saw her as Moon looks just like their late mother, who passed away 5 years ago.
Steve has had extensive career in foreign policy and in tough negotiating settings as well. He comes to us from his position as the vice president of international government affairs for the Ford Motor Company. In this job, he closely engaged foreign governments to advance Ford’s goals all around the world. He will now employ the same skill and dedication on behalf of the American people to make sure that their interests are well served in respect to North Korea.
Steve also spent nearly two decades doing foreign policy work on Capitol Hill and in the executive branch. His positions have included national security advisor to former Senate Majority Leader Senator Bill Frist. He was the executive secretary at the National Security Council under President George W. Bush and the chief of staff at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Secretary Pompeo announces Steve Biegun as the Special Representative for North Korea, at the Department of State on August 23, 2018.
This morning, the participants had told the pool reporters there that they feel quite melancholy and sentimental as their reunions draws near to an end. Recalling their get-togethers over the past couple of days,… they said… they just could know that the North Korean participants were indeed their relatives… and could recognize the faces they saw when young… despite all the wrinkles.
It is important for the DPRK to improve the relations with the U.S. as soon as possible, but the former thinks that more pressing task is to handle the divided and confusion-ridden U.S. political landscape.
The present deadlock of the DPRK-U.S. relations demands a bold decision on the part of President Trump.
As President Trump admitted, the “fantastic meeting”, realized by no other president in the history of America, could come to success to be greatly cheered and welcomed by the world and American people because he acted with his own decision and will, not wavering by the opposition’s offensive nor blindly following his aides’ view.
North Korea on Tuesday reiterated its demand for the declaration of an official end to the 1950-53 Korean War, the country’s leading Rodong Sinmun newspaper reported, amid U.S. President Donald Trump’s indication that he will most likely meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un again.
The Rodong Sinmun of the ruling Workers‘ Party said in a commentary, „The declaration of an end to the war is a task that cannot be postponed in the implementation of the Panmunjom Declaration.“
One of them is 89-year old Yoo Gwan-sik. He’s meeting his 67-year daughter, whom he’s never seen before. Yoo said… he didn’t even know his wife was pregnant when he decided to escape North Korea temporarily,… or so he thought. It was a decision that changed his life. After that he never saw his wife again, and never got to meet his daughter until now. Another story is heart-wrenching. 92-year old Lee Geum-seom ,… who’s meeting her 71-year old son.
A life-long wait comes to an end for a select few divided families, thanks to a conciliatory mood on the Peninsula. Some 90 South Koreans were selected from a pool of tens of thousands who applied,… and they finally met their relatives today.
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Only one place to start this morning…. and that’s with the reunion of separated families that begins in a matter of hours. It’s the first such event in three years. The families heading north as we speak have lived with the painful thought that they might pass away before seeing their loved ones again. But, finally, this afternoon,… that will change for the roughly 90 South Koreans who were selected from a pool of tens of thousands of South Koreans who applied.
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.”
Choe Ryong-hae, known as North Korea’s second most powerful man, is visiting Cuba to discuss ways to improve the countries‘ bilateral relationship, a wire report said Friday.
Back in April, during their historic summit, the two Koreas agreed to stop all hostile acts against each other, and reduce military tensions. Now, they’ve moved another step closer to that goal. Military communication lines in the east have been fully reconnected. Park Ji-won has the latest. South Korea’s defense ministry announced that inter-Korean military communication lines for the eastern part of the Korean Peninsula were completely restored as of Wednesday. All functions of the line, such as phone call and fax functions, are now working as normal.
North Korea and the United States held their latest working-level talks at the truce village of Panmunjom over the weekend, a diplomatic source said Tuesday, amid news reports that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit the North again.
„We agreed to hold an inter-Korean summit within September in Pyongyang“ the two Koreas said in a joint press statement issued after the meeting.
North Korea’s chief delegate, Ri Son-gwon, hinted after the meeting that the two sides agreed on a date but decided not to announce it, only to emphasize that the summit will take place „within September.“
The logistical details of the third inter-Korean summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are likely to be determined during a high-level official meeting on Monday, the presidential spokesman said.
„We expect the date, venue and size of the South Korean delegation to be agreed on during the high-level talks tomorrow in light of the April 27 Panmunjom Declaration,“ Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said Sunday in a press briefing.
The other South Korean delegates are from the Presidential Office of Cheong Wa Dae and the Prime Minister’s Office. Pyongyang is sending a five-member delegation, led by the head of the regime’s reunification committee, Ri Son-gwon. Also included are senior North Korean officials in charge of environment, railways and economic cooperation. The two Koreas are holding the high-level talks to plan the next and third inter-Korean summit of the year.
Staying with Monday’s high level talks.
Some speculate the third round of inter-Korean summit cold take place much earlier than intially agreed upon, judging by the timing of North Korea’s request to hold the meeting between high ranking officials.
For details let’s turn to our Oh Jung-hee.
In a meeting with President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on Wednesday, Ri Yong-ho said Washington’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and the subsequent reimposition of the bans that had been lifted based on the multilateral agreement are wrongful and in contravention of international regulations.
The repatriated person is a 34-year-old, whose surname is Suh, said Seoul’s unification ministry. He entered North Korea late last month, the ministry said, citing a message from the North.
The person crossed into the South at 11 a.m., it added.
Further details were not available immediately.
„It seems unlikely that a joint declaration to officially end the Korean War will materialize sometime soon. The South wants to see quick progress. But the United States, which holds the key, wants the North to specify a detailed timetable for dismantling its nuclear weapons,“ said Bong Young-shik, a North Korean expert at Seoul’s Yonsei University.
South Korea’s foreign ministry confirmed the entry of the ship itself but said it’s carrying Russian coal.
„There has been no confirmation of a violation of the (U.N.) Security Council resolution in an inspection of the ship by related authorities,“ the ministry’s spokesman Noh Kyu-duk said at a press briefing.
„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.
Jangho, yes, at the press center North Korean officials came over and handed out North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong-ho’s statement during the ASEAN Regional Forum. The statement emphasized the importance of building confidence between Pyongyang and Washington in fully implementing the Joint Statement signed by their two leaders. It also said that only when the U.S. ensures that the North feels comfortable, will Pyongyang be able to open their minds to the U.S. and show the desired moves in action. It reprimanded the U.S. for raising its voice louder over maintaining sanctions against the regime,… and asked the ARF member states to respond to Pyongyang’s goodwill measures for a turnaround of the situation on the Korean Peninsula.
State-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Friday that North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho will make an official visit to Iran soon, after participating in Saturday’s ASEAN Regional Forum meeting.
The news agency did not disclose further details about the upcoming visit of the North Korean political delegation to Iran.
While many had been curious if Pyongyang and Washington will meet this week,… no official announcement has been made by either side. But Pompeo will be meeting with South Korea’s foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha Saturday morning. An interesting thing to note, is that all key players surrounding the geopolitical situation on the Korean Peninsula, namely the two Koreas, the U.S. and China, will all gather in just a moment, as Singapore hosts a gala dinner for the participants of this year’s forum. That’s all from me for now Daniel.
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho began his trip to Singapore on Friday to attend an annual forum hosted by a group of Southeast Asian countries amid speculation about whether he will meet bilaterally with his South Korean and U.S. counterparts.
They started their joint training Wednesday at the Jincheon National Training Center in Jincheon, 90 kilometers south of Seoul, and opened their practice to pool reporters at the same venue Thursday.
South Korea earlier asked for the U.N. to consider exemptions from sanctions as the two Koreas are working to open the liaison office in the North’s border town of Kaesong within this month.
The waiver request is intended to address possible problems that could arise in the process of the operation of the office such as fuel supply to generate electricity for people and facilities there.
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.
They’re scheduled to exchange the final lists on Saturday.
North Korea’s media reported on Wednesday on military talks the two Koreas held a day earlier to discuss measures to ease cross-border tension.
U.S. spy agencies are seeing signs that North Korea is constructing new missiles at a factory that produced the country’s first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, according to officials familiar with the intelligence.
South and North Korea will hold another round of talks between their generals tomorrow at the border village of Panmunjom,… nearly 50 days after the previous general-level inter-Korean military talks were held. .
This year, a key topic will likely be developments on the Korean Peninsula. As the FMs of both Koreas and Washington are at the same city, many are watching if they will get together.
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.
“I want to thank Chairman Kim for keeping his word,” the president said. “We have many others coming, but I want to thank Chairman Kim in front of the media for fulfilling a promise he made to me. And I’m sure he will continue to fulfill that promise as they search and search and search.”
▪ South and North Korean generals to meet again next Tuesday ▪ Seoul’s Ministry of National Defense unveils its long-planned military reform scheme Friday ▪ Seoul’s unification minister discusses denuclearization, inter-Korean relations with U.S. Secy. of State ▪
Ri formerly held the four-star position before he was briefly demoted deputy chief and three stars for an unspecified reason in 2016.
His return adds the recent appointments of No Kwang Chol, first vice defense minister, as the defense chief, and Army General Kim Su Gil as director of the military’s powerful General Political Bureau.
South and North Korea have agreed to hold general-level military talks next week to discuss measures to enforce the military part of their April summit agreement, Seoul’s defense ministry said Friday.
The talks will take place at the Peace House, a South Korea-controlled building at the border truce village of Panmunjom, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.
Speaking to lawmakers at the National Assembly, she said the U.N. General Assembly session, to be held in New York in September, can be a chance for the ceremony but added that no specific moves have yet been made.
If realized, it would be a „political declaration“ aimed at facilitating the denuclearization of Korea, Kang said.
On Wednesday, the North’s state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun claimed… making such declaration is a historic task that can’t be delayed any further. And the day before, the state-run Korean Central News Agency stressed… peace will begin only when the two Koreas declare an end to the Korean War… and that it’s regrettable the matter has not been resolved yet. The North’s media have also pressed South Korea to be more involved.
South Korea’s unification minister expressed optimism Tuesday over the possibility of formally ending the Korean War „within this year,“ saying relevant consultations involving the two Koreas and the United States are currently underway.
„I think it is possible,“ Cho Myoung-gyon told lawmakers in response to a question as to whether declaring an end to the 1950-53 war can take place within this year as agreed upon by the two Koreas.
Last week’s assessment also stated that the stand “can be reconstituted within months,” a U.S. government source told The Diplomat, underlining that, for now, the changes North Korea had made would be reversible.
“The engine test stand tear down does not severely impact North Korea’s liquid fuel engine development,” the source added, highlighting that the facility was no longer critical for the mass production of ballistic missiles in North Korea.
“We’re all pursuing the denuclearization of North Korea and a new future of prosperity, security and peace on the Korean Peninsula and all of Asia,“ Trump told a VFW convention in Kansas City, Missouri. “New images just today show that North Korea has begun the process of dismantling a key missile site and we appreciate that. We had a fantastic meeting with Chairman Kim, and it seems to be going very well.“
(23.7.2018) President Donald Trump’s heated exchange of threats with Iran’s leaders this week is raising questions about whether the world has seen this show before — and whether it will end the same way.
Is it possible, as he did with North Korea, that Trump will ramp up sanctions and rhetorical pressure on Tehran, only to eventually back off, reach a deal of little substance with the country’s leaders and declare, implausibly, that he solved a decades-old problem?
In an important first step towards fulfilling a commitment made by Kim Jong Un at the June 12 Singapore Summit, new commercial satellite imagery of the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (North Korea’s main satellite launch facility since 2012) indicates that the North has begun dismantling key facilities.
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.
The leaders of the two Koreas were invited to next month’s Asian Games in Indonesia after the neighbors agreed to field several joint teams at the event, Jakarta said Monday.
Indonesian president Joko Widodo sent a formal invitation Friday to South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Widodo’s spokesman said, but it was not immediately clear if either has responded.
A media complex so determined to discredit negotiations with North Korea and so unfettered by political-diplomatic reality seriously threatens the ability of the United States to deliver on any agreement with Pyongyang. That means alternative media must make more aggressive efforts to challenge the corporate press’s coverage.
there have been no nuclear tests and we got back our hostages. Who knows how it will all turn out in the end, but why isn’t the Fake News talking about these wonderful facts? Because it is FAKE NEWS!
The UN Security Council has approved a request from South Korea… for an exception to the sanctions on the North… so it can send fuel and vehicles for the purpose of restoring military communication lines. Kyodo News reported Sunday, citing diplomatic sources,… that the committee on North Korea sanctions decided to allow the South Korean government to send gasoline, buses, trucks, and other items. Those sources said none of the council’s fifteen member nations objected.
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.
An armistice ended the fighting on the peninsula 65 years ago, but not the war. The anniversary represents a symbolic target for the North’s Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in of South Korea to sign the peace treaty they discussed during an historic summit at the border on Apr 27.
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.
Today, Russian and South Korean delegations will travel to the North Korean city of Rajin for a seminar about a transport project connecting Rajin with Khasan, just beyond the Russian border.
SEOUL, July 11 (Yonhap) — The chief of South Korea’s presidential panel on economic cooperation with North Korea and Eurasia will visit the North this week to attend a forum arranged by Russia on three-country cooperation, the unification ministry said Wednesday.
The ministry has approved the Presidential Committee on Northern Economic Cooperation’s plan to visit North Korea for two days starting Friday.
Pompeo spoke to the issue in a meeting with American troops in Afghanistan Monday, the State Department said in a statement. The top U.S. diplomat made an unannounced visit to the country during a multi-nation tour that took him to Pyongyang last weekend.
„The Secretary also answered questions from the troops on both internal governmental and global issues such as North Korea in which he underscored the U.S. commitment to developing a peaceful solution on the Korean Peninsula,“ the statement read.
Mark Andrew Lowcock, under-secretary general for the UN Humanitarian Affairs, and his party arrived here on Monday.
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.
The conciliatory mood opened up high-level military discussion between the two Koreas last month, where they restored the two militaries‘ communication lines that were severed for years. In continuing military talks, the two sides are likely to discuss further measures to allay military tension, including a withdrawal of North Korea’s menacing long-range artillery forces along the border with the South.
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 is scheduled to meet his Japanese and South Korean counterparts, Taro Kono and Kang Kyung-wha, in Tokyo on Sunday.
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.
The summit conference of Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump achieved what few expected: Leaders of two former adversaries have built trust that can serve as the basis for a lasting peace and normalization of relations. At least ten lessons have been learned:
Most important of all, Kim and Trump have achieved a diplomatic success by ending fears of imminent nuclear war.
3. Juli 2018
U.S. envoy Sung Kim held talks with North Korean officials on Sunday in the border village of Panmunjom within the demilitarized zone between the North and South Korea, South Korean media reported on Sunday.