Monday, 18 June, 2018

Trump says North Korea talks positive

South Korean war hero Choi Deuk-soo South Korean war hero Choi Deuk-soo knows first-hand what is at stake should US-North Korean peace talks fail
Glenn Montgomery | 31 May, 2018, 21:01

The People's Republic of China had repeatedly insisted upon enforcing UN-approved sanctions against North Korea and promised punishment to any Chinese company which was caught breaking the sanctions.

"We did think the detonation would only affect a small part, but many are now saying the explosion's impact was greater than surmised", the source said, adding ordinary North Koreans thought it was "fascinating" foreign reporters flew into the country to witness the dismantlement.

Ship-to-ship transfers between North Korean ships and those of other United Nations member states are prohibited by a Security Council resolution adopted last September in response to North Korea's nuclear weapon and ballistic missile testing.

A week ago, Trump called off the meeting in response to what he said was "tremendous anger and open hostility" displayed by Kim in recent statements that denounced top USA officials.

Pompeo met with Kim Yong Chol, one of the North Korean leader's closest aides and the highest-ranking North Korean official to visit the U.S. in 18 years. During April 2018, the UNSC had blacklisted many companies, 5 of them based in China, who had sent ships to smuggle oil and coal into North Korea, and issued a global port ban against them using this clause. The two planned a "day full of meetings" Thursday, the White House said.

But Kim, in a meeting with Russia's foreign minister on Thursday, complained about "U.S. hegemonism", a comment that may complicate the discussions in NY. Instead, the officials said, it brought both sides to the table with increasing seriousness, as they work through myriad logistical and policy decisions to keep June 12 a viable option for the summit. The ships were connected by a hose and engaged in some kind of activity, ministry officials said. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan on June 7 to coordinate their thinking ahead of the summit.

The idea, which Tokyo officials declined to confirm, was reported by major local media as preparations appear back on track for an unprecedented summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump hosted South Korean President Moon Jae-in last week.

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