Government statement: India imposes new restrictions on trade with North Korea

09 March, 2018, 03:09 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
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The delegation met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a visit to the North on Monday. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event.

Although North Korea appeared to have agreed to the US precondition for talks, he said "North Korea left room for interpretation by saying that it would give up its nuclear weapons once the regime's survival is guaranteed".

He noted he has no plans to ease sanctions against Pyongyang, and sought the opposition's cooperation on the summit.

The meeting marks the first time that the North Korean head of state has spoken in person with representatives from South Korea since he took power in 2011. Reports of a sudden depreciation of North Korean currency to the Euro will also hamper Kim keeping the North Korean elites satisfied.

The summit will be held in Peace House on the South Korean side of the border at Panmunjeom.

By floating a reported desire for the "denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", North Korea could be pushing for its long-sought goal of removing U.S. military assets.

North Korea hasn't announced the summit agreement in its own media, more than a half-day after the South's announcement.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement the U.S. government made the determination on Feb. 22 under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991.

Ian Bremmer, president of consulting firm Eurasia Group, said on Twitter that he didn't believe North Korea would ever denuclearise, but said it had reason to engage in talks to reduce the prospects of war.

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Seoul and Washington must also guard against the possibility that North Korea will try to use any talks to weaken economic pressure against it and buy time to further advance its nuclear weapons program, according to Kim Sung-han, a professor at Seoul's Korea University and a former vice foreign minister. I still think this is procrastination, kicking the can down the road. ultimately meaningless negotiations. Chung said he had a verbal message from Kim Jong Un that he will relay to US officials but it was unclear whether he would meet Trump.

"The reality is that North Korea now has an intercontinental ballistic missile that can allegedly hit targets in the US", the paper wrote.

One senior administration official, who requested anonymity, suggested "it's a good idea for everybody to keep some perspective, take a deep breath". "We don't aim for that to happen and it's also impossible".

Tensions have been high between Washington and Pyongyang over North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.

But reviving the controversy over last year's assassination of Kim Jong-Nam, who was sprayed in the face by a chemical agent by two women as he traveled through Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia, could disrupt attempts to start talks.

It fell apart after the US accused the isolated state of covertly restarting its weapons programme and aid delays angered Pyongyang, which eventually stormed out.

He also voiced concern that North Korea leader Kim Jong Un "holds the steering wheel of inter-Korean relations".

After years of refusal, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is willing to discuss the fate of his atomic arsenal with the United States and has expressed a readiness to suspend nuclear and missile tests during such talks, a senior South Korean official said Tuesday. North Korea also dropped its demand that South Korea and the U.S. cancel their joint military exercises scheduled for April.

New Delhi has been cutting back on trade with North Korea but has maintained diplomatic links.


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