Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Pompeo set to discuss second summit with Pyongyang

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol, North Korea's number two plan to meet in New York to discuss a possible second summit seen here in North Korea Slams "Preposterous" US Report On Pervasive Sexual Violence
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Moon's comments come at a time when North Korea has threatened to restart nuclear buildup unless sanctions are lifted, and days ahead of a critical meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and top North Korean official Kim Yong Chol.

The Foreign Ministry's Institute for American Studies said it could revive its policy of economic construction and nuclear development if sanctions continue. -South Korean drills in the wake of his landmark summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore in June.

Last month, the North's state media carried a near 1,700 words long commentary accusing the U.S. of playing a "double game", implicitly criticising Trump for his comments aimed at barring Seoul from lifting sanctions against Pyongyang.

South Korea's top diplomat in Moscow said Monday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is likely to visit Russian Federation in November.

Blocked by South Korean sanctions that ban tourism in Mount Kumgang, the group said it would "actively pursue ... the opening" of the resort by holding events on womankind, youth and academic conferences there, boosting sociocultural exchanges between the two countries.

Pompeo, interviewed on Fox News Sunday, said the Trump administration wants a full, verifiable denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, adding the president insisted on "no economic relief until we have achieved our ultimate objective".

Pompeo says he will be meeting with North Korea's number two this week in NY, which may be an attempt to smooth this over, as well as a chance to discuss a new Trump-Kim summit.

The two-day event is scheduled to begin on November 18 at Mount Kumgang on North Korea's east coast in cooperation with the North's Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, which handles inter-Korean relations, Hyundai said. There have been no nuclear tests.

The two Koreas have been technically at war for over six decades as the Korean War in the 1950s had ended with an armistice and not a peace treaty. "These are all good steps", Mr. Pompeo told CBS.

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While the Trump administration's hopes are high for rapprochement with Pyongyang, White House officials are putting Russia, China and the rest of the worldwide community on notice over harsh US sanctions against Iran, scheduled to go back in place Monday.

"Watch what we do".

Pompeo dismissed the statement, telling "Fox News Sunday", "I'm not anxious about that". "We don't even realise when we are upset", she added.

Report: Under the renewed US sanctions, countries found to be buying crude oil or other commodities from Iran may lose access to the USA financial system and the right to do business with American entities.

"We're working on finding dates and times and places that will work for each of the two leaders", Pompeo said at the time. "We do not recognize the sanctions introduced unilaterally without the United Nations, we consider those methods illegal per se", he said.

"I could totally shut them off. There's a fine line [but] I could get them down to zero if I wanted to", Mr. Trump said.

The first-ever DPRK-U.S. summit was held in Singapore on June 12.

"[Ms]. Mogherini and the European ministers once again reiterated their commitment to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and emphasized the efforts to maintain financial channels with Tehran and the continuation of Iran's oil and gas exports", according to reports by Iranian state-run news outlet IRNA.

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