Kim Jong Un invites Pope Francis to North Korea

12 October, 2018, 06:14 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore in June

On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump, when asked whether South Korea would lift sanctions, said: "They won't do it without our approval".

On Thursday South Korea's unification minister clarified Kang's comments saying North Korea would need to take responsibility for the sinking of the naval ship before the South considered lifting sanctions.

A Spanish textbook mistook South Korea for North Korea, saying that South Koreans suffer from malnutrition while North Koreans are well fed. The daily said the agreements were "unacceptable for the US, but there had been no detailed explanation from the [South] Korean side".

The report also alluded to speculation that if Japan hosted the summit, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would also hold talks with Kim and could possibly reach some kind of agreement on the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea decades ago.

On the same day that Kang spoke and Trump issued his brow-beating, China, North Korea and Russian Federation called for eased sanctions.

The May 24 measures include the South blocking North Korea's access to the Jeju Straight.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump.

South Korea banned the North from using its shipping lanes and ended most of its joint economic projects between the two countries.

Regarding Pompeo's reaction, Foreign Ministry official said that Pompeo maintained a "polite" tone during his talks with Kang, and the matter was closely discussed between South Korea and the United States militaries.


South Korea still hopes to press ahead with improving ties with its neighbour, Oba said, and Moon "will continue to test the envelope but avoid any actions he thinks will cause open tensions with the United States".

"They won't do that without our approval", Mr. Trump said of the comments.

The director of China's State General Administration of Sports, Guo Zhongwen, and the Chinese ambassador to North Korea, Li Jinjun, were also present at the Pyongyang Ryugyong Chung Ju-yung Gymnasium.

In a statement released Wednesday by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs following a round of tripartite meetings in Moscow, the three ministers also expressed their support for ongoing talks between the DPRK and both the US and South Korea.

The lifting of the May 24 measures alone would not allow South Korea to resume inter-Korean trade and make investments in the North, due to the United Nations sanctions that restrict a transfer of bulk cash into the isolated country. Still, the lifting of the 2010 sanctions could offer at least some tangible benefits to the North.

He said the resumption of water supply does not violate global sanctions against the North over its nuclear weapons and missile program.

The fast pace in inter-Korean engagement appears to have created a level of unease in Washington, which insists that efforts to improve relations between the Koreas should move in tandem with efforts to denuclearize the North.

The military agreement touched on some issues that require negotiations with the UN Command that oversees the demilitarized zone, such as disarming soldiers in the Joint Security Area in the border truce village of Panmunjom.

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