South Korea considers lifting some sanctions on Pyongyang

Lester Mason
October 11, 2018

"I returned late last night from North Korea from a trip where we made real progress".

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his second summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will be held after the U.S. midterm elections on November 6. "I just can't leave now".

The president has been actively campaigning for Republicans - most recently holding a rally in Iowa on Tuesday, with several more scheduled this week.

"I think we've made incredible progress", Trump said Tuesday, hailing the absence of missile or nuclear tests this year and the recent return of remains of USA service members killed during the Korean War.

The government is reviewing whether to remove the sanctions aimed at furthering diplomacy to ease tensions and reach denuclearization, the Associated Press reported.

The North Korean leader also said that he will not submit a report of nuclear weapons to the USA, in exchange for announcing the end of the Korean War, the source said.


Abe, who is eager to resolve the long-standing abduction issue, is exploring summit talks with Kim as the North Korean leader moves to build closer ties with the leaders of South Korea, China and the United States.

"The fact that Kim drove such a luxurious vehicle to meet with Pompeo could be construed as a bit of a slap in the face to the top USA diplomat, as the Trump administration has insisted that the global community must strictly enforce the United Nations sanctions levied against North Korea until Pyongyang denuclearizes". Both leaders have publicly voiced support for another meeting.

Kang replied "Yes" on Wednesday when a lawmaker asked her whether a Japanese media report was correct that Pompeo had complained strongly about the agreement, which was announced during a summit between the Koreas in Pyongyang last month. They said the North Korean leader appeared simply to be repackaging and dragging out past pledges.

A large number of South Korean CEOs accompanied Moon last month to Pyongyang, where he and Kim Jong Un agreed to normalize operations at the Kaesong factory park and resume joint tours to the North when possible, voicing optimism the global sanctions could end and allow such projects. US officials have thus far said sanctions will remain in place until the North's denuclearization is fully verified.

The North has insisted that sanctions should be lifted before any progress in nuclear talks.

A large number of South Korean business leaders accompanied Moon last month to Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, where he and leader Kim Jong Un agreed to normalize operations at the Kaesong factory park and resume joint tours to North Korea when possible, voicing optimism the global sanctions could end and allow such projects. It has not taken any steps to halt nuclear weapons or missile development.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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