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N Korea warns of returning to nuclear policy over sanction

07 November 2018

US SECRETARY of State Mike Pompeo has said he will meet in NY this week with North Korea's number two, Kim Yong-chol, to resume denuclearisation talks.

Conservative opposition lawmakers snubbed South Korean President Moon Jae-in's invitation to accompany him to Pyongyang in late September for his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Washington has called on Pyongyang to resume working-level talks between Choe and Stephen Biegun, the US special representative to North Korea, to discuss concrete steps toward denuclearization.

Seoul's Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo said that the allies plan to make a decision on plans for next year's major exercises before December 1.

North Korea warned on Friday that it could restart development of its nuclear program if the United States does not drop its campaign of "maximum pressure" and sanctions.

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He plans to meet this coming week in NY with a senior North Korean official.

In recent weeks, North Korea has pressed more sharply for what it sees as reciprocal concessions by the United States and other countries.

"A lot of work remains, but I'm confident that we will keep the economic pressure in place until such time as Chairman Kim fulfills the commitment he made to President Trump back in June in Singapore", Pompeo said.

Pompeo emphasized in both television appearances that there have been no missile or nuclear tests since the summit in Singapore, and remains of USA troops killed during the Korean War have been returned.

"The U.S. thinks that its oft-repeated "sanctions and pressure" leads to 'denuclearization.' We can not help laughing at such a foolish idea", it said.

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Blocked by South Korean sanctions that ban tourism in Mount Kumgang, the group said it would "actively pursue ... the opening" of the resort by holding events on womankind, youth and academic conferences there, boosting sociocultural exchanges between the two countries. He also declared that the North would stop nuclear and long-range missile tests.

According to a report by the DPRK's state-run news agency KCNA, during Pompeo's visit to Pyongyang last month, Pompeo said he and Kim shared the same view over holding a second U.S. -DPRK summit as quickly as possible.

But South Korea's enthusiasm for engagement with its rival has also created discomfort in the United States amid growing concerns that the North is dragging its feet with its promise to denuclearize.

Mount Kumgang, located at the southeastern edge of North Korea's Kangwon Province, was a linchpin of inter-Korean cooperation before a South Korean tourist was fatally shot there by a North Korean guard in July 2008. Over the weekend, Kim hosted President Miguel Diaz-Canel of Cuba - another country under USA sanctions - during a lavish visit in Pyongyang, where the two leaders vowed to boost their cooperation.

Mr. Pompeo on Sunday issued a thinly veiled warning to Russian Federation and China that they will suffer the consequences if they continue to purchase Iranian oil after USA economic sanctions on such exports snapback this week.

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N Korea warns of returning to nuclear policy over sanction