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U.S. may lift some sanctions if North Korea halts nuclear programme

13 July 2019

Despite the warning, it's unclear if North Korean can conduct a major weapons test any time soon because that would likely disrupt a positive atmosphere after the June 30 summit between Trump and Kim at the Korean border village of Panmunjom.

"You have a man that was so happy to see me".

The UN Security Council has passed five rounds of sanctions against North Korea since the country's fifth nuclear test in September 2016.

"You don't have a man testing nuclear anymore", Trump said during a press conference at the White House. While such a change had been speculated since North Korea amended its constitution in April, the regime never formally released the revised language. This set the stage for critical tensions between the two men that have largely abated since Kim made a decision to launch peace talks early past year and succeeded in pushing for the debut U.S.

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The U.S. -led United Nations forces had fought alongside South Korea against a North Korean invasion supported by China and the Soviet Union.

"As the president has said, sanctions will stay on until the final, fully verified denuclearization" of North Korea, the source said. Hopes for a breakthrough surrounded their second meeting in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi in February, but Trump walked out early, with both sides blaming one another.

A new text of North Korea's governing document - quietly posted on the propaganda website Naenara - adds "represents the country" to the list of duties of the chairman of the State Affairs Commission, Kim's top government title.

Being head of state would make Kim a protocol equal to President Donald Trump, Russia's Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping in any summits and treaty talks.

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The U.S. has insisted that North Korea abandon all of its weapons of mass destruction programs before winning sanctions relief, while the North has demanded a step-by-step approach.

"There is no mix of economic, diplomatic or military pressure that can verifiably eliminate North Korea's arsenal on acceptable terms in the next few years", read the report, which was produced by a study group on North Korean policy at the Washington, D.C. -based think tank.

Midafternoon, after Yonhap's story on this "potential offer" had been widely reported by global media without being contested, a denial came from State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus.

The focus is on whether North Korea will make a detailed request at envisioned working-level talks between the two countries, which Washington has been eager to resume by the end of this month.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters that Xi briefed Trump on China's position on North Korea when they met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka.

U.S. may lift some sanctions if North Korea halts nuclear programme