Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

U.S. calls United Nations meeting on undermining North Korea sanctions

US officials know North Korea won’t give up nukes — but Trump keeps getting tricked by Kim’s nice letters: report North and South Korea set up liaison office to 'talk 24/7'
Ray Hunter | 17 September, 2018, 11:27

"We'll sit face to face, exchange our thoughts fast and accurately and put our heads together to resolve hard matters", said South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon in an opening ceremony, adding that the office will become the "cradle of Korean co-prosperity".

The Security Council initially imposed sanctions on North Korea after its first nuclear test in 2006 and has made them tougher and tougher in response to further nuclear tests and an increasingly sophisticated ballistic missile program.

South Korean director of presidential National Security Office (NSO) Chung Eui-yong early this week announced the talks would be held, following a visit to Pyongyang by a presidential special delegation.

Kim and Moon issued at their first summit on April 27 the Panmunjeom Declaration calling for "complete" denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and efforts to declare a formal end to the Korean War by the end of this year.

However, Kim sent a message to South Korean envoys last week that he wants to achieve denuclearization during Trump's first term.

The city was South Korean in 1950 and was captured by North Korean troops in the opening minutes of their June 25 invasion - troops infiltrated the city aboard an unscheduled train and launched an assault directly off the platform.

Both sides would be able used the facility to hold "open-minded discussions on issues raised in inter-Korean relations as soon as possible and come up with necessary solutions", he added.

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He noted that while it's expected the liaison office will take on a number of roles, its exact role will be finalized after a "full agreement" with North Korea has been reached, but it will primarily facilitate consultation between the two countries.

"Russia can't be allowed to edit and obstruct independent United Nations reports on North Korea sanctions just because they don't like what they say".

Russian Federation and China have suggested the Security Council discuss easing sanctions after the Trump-Kim summit, while Washington and other council members have said there must be strict enforcement of sanctions until Pyongyang acts.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who wants the easing of worldwide economic sanctions to restore his nation's economy, has apparently been trying to obtain South Korean financial support or aid, foreign affairs experts say.

The resumption of the Kaesong park and other dormant inter-Korean cooperation projects won't likely happen anytime soon because USA -led worldwide sanctions on North Korea remain in place.

Gen. Vincent Brooks, who commands the UNC and U.S. Forces Korea, authorized the movement of South Korean vehicles and personnel across the so-called Military Demarcation Line in the eastern transportation corridor, the command said in a statement. However, with Seoul wary of angering Washington over breaches of UN Security Council sanctions, there is no indication that is about to happen.

Moon said: 'We have set off on a grand journey toward the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

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