North Korea 'won't disarm if sanctions continue', minister says

DPRK Says Will Not Denuclearize Before More Trust in US
North Korea says there’s “no way” it will denuclearize if it can’t “trust” US
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01 October, 2018

North Korea's foreign minister says continued USA sanctions on Pyongyang are deepening mistrust in his country.

However, earlier this month South Korean leader Moon Jae-in completed a high-profile, three-day visit to Pyongyang - the first by a Southern leader to the North's capital in a decade.

This was decidedly so during an exchange of threats between Washington and Pyongyang that accompanied a run of increasingly powerful weapons tests previous year that put the North on the brink of its claim to be a full-fledged nuclear power, and had some fearing war.

Three senior U.S. officials involved in North Korea policy said this week that no progress has been made in moving toward serious negotiations on eliminating or even halting Kim's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

"They're great letters. We fell in love", he repeated.

"However, we do not see any corresponding response from the U.S.", he told world leaders in NY. "That was a big, big problem", Trump told the crowd.

"No really. He wrote me lovely letters".

In recent weeks, Kim Jong Un has said he would permanently dismantle North Korea's main nuclear complex, but only if the United States takes unspecified corresponding measures.

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The leaders shook hands at least nine times during the summit, with Mr Trump describing the North Korean dictator as "very talented".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last week he would return to Pyongyang to set up a sequel to the Singapore meeting between Kim and Trump.

"It's so easy being presidential", Trump also said Saturday.

Despite the apparent lack of progress, this week Trump praised Kim during a speech at the General Assembly and on Saturday he said after tough talks at their summit in June the pair "fell in love".

Trump followed those comments by saying on Wednesday, September 27, that he had received an "extraordinary letter" from Kim, and sounded optimistic about prospects for a second summit between the two leaders "fairly quickly".

"But instead of having 10,000 people outside trying to get into this packed arena, we'd have about 200 people standing there".

It added that the United States is only intent on keeping sanctions in place without holding up its end of the bargain amid a mood of detente on the Korean Peninsula.

"Past diplomatic attempts to halt North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile development were unsuccessful", Pompeo said.


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