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Trump Shows His Displeasure at Seoul’s Move to Lift Sanctions on Pyongyang

14 October 2018

Ri Gi Song, a professor of the Institute of Economics at the Academy of Social Sciences, said in a recent interview with Kyodo News that North Korea has achieved economic expansion without depending on other nations.

The 3 countries are apparently showing unity before a 2nd US-North Korea summit that's being planned.

The eight-time National Basketball Association all-star is visiting the North Korean capital this week as part of a high-level Chinese sports delegation.

"For the past decades the Russian Federation and [North Korea] have accumulated lots of experience in the course of constructive cooperation in various fields", Yonhap cited Putin as saying.

The conservative Chosun Ilbo newspaper added: "What brought the North to the negotiating table for denuclearisation was the unprecedented tough sanctions".

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She said there were views in the United States regarding "adjusting the pace" of inter-Korean moves.

" The United States, which spearheaded global efforts to squeeze the North Korean economy past year, has been adamant that the sanctions remain in place until Pyongyang's "final, fully verified denuclearisation".

President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un agreed at their summit last month to reopen the Kaesong complex and resume Mount Kumgang group tours when "conditions are right".

"The latest talks will take place on the south side of the Panmunjom within the Demilitarised Zone and be led by the South's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon".

Foreign minister Kang also on Wednesday said the measures were a key obstacle to the restarting of South Korean tourism to Mt. Kumgang.

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On the court, Chinese female basketball players who are visiting Pyongyang this week mixed together with North Korean female players to form two teams, called "Friendship" and "Unity".

The pair had discussed ending the reclusive state's nuclear weapons programme and hostilities between Washington and Pyongyang. This is why many believe the North was really angling for direct negotiations with the U.S. But the nukes could certainly be loaded on smaller missiles that can strike the South. "I think that North Korea is ready to open up, renounce nuclear weapons and build a new country", he said.

"When he meets with Pope Francis, he will convey Chairman Kim Jong-un's message that he will ardently welcome him if he visits Pyongyang".

South Korea is considering lifting some of its unilateral sanctions against North Korea to create more momentum for diplomacy aimed at improving relations and defusing the nuclear crisis, the South's foreign minister said Wednesday.

In an appendix to this year's white paper, the ministry also plans to include its reevaluation of the North's nuclear capabilities, including an estimate of the number of the North's nuclear weapons.

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Trump Shows His Displeasure at Seoul’s Move to Lift Sanctions on Pyongyang