Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Denuclearization of North Korea Would Cover Its Missiles

Denuclearization of North Korea Would Cover Its Missiles

A meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to discuss Pyongyang's relinquishment of its nuclear arsenal in exchange for security assurances and economic relief remains tentatively scheduled for June 12 in Singapore. North Korea suggested that Trump made this decision based on Pyongyang's unwillingness to unilaterally denuclearize, as the DPRK has continuously stressed that it was not interested in unilateral demands from the United States on denuclearization and would negotiate with Trump only if he is seeking to improve bilateral relations.

He said the North is very likely to open up and reform, as its leader Kim Jong-un has consistently maintained the policy of protecting and expanding the market over the six years since his inauguration and has basically completed the agricultural reforms.

Differences between Washington and Pyongyang led Mr. Trump to cancel the summit in a letter to counterpart Kim Jung Un before diplomatic efforts were renewed in the past week.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice-Chairman of the ruling DPRK council Kim Yong Chol launched day two of talks in NY following a 90-minute private dinner on Wednesday night that officials have been tight-lipped about.

"The order was to make thorough counter-plans against the enemies' pretentious peace strategy while people and cadres are thinking about whether the current situation has already brought peace", he said. "It was the first official meeting with him face to face", TASS quoted a source in the minister's delegation as saying.

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"We are aware of the media reports". It was not immediately clear who accompanied Kim Yong Chol on the North Korean side.

While the Central Committee's statement served to cushion possible "psychological unrest" among citizens, it also included phrasing to indicate that the North has not abandoned its nuclear power ambitions, the source said. Until recently, the North has viewed South Korea and the U.S.as its adversaries. This is the fifth case of apparent smuggling involving North Korea announced by the government of Japan. I believe they will be coming down to Washington on Friday.

Japan is urging the United States and other countries to stick to a strict imposition of U.N. sanctions on North Korea until it abandons the development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

Reported by Myungchul Lee for RFA's Korean Service.

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