Wednesday, 17 July, 2019

Xi Jinping Urged Donald Trump To Ease North Korea Sanctions, Says China

Xi urged Trump to ease N. Korea sanctions – Beijing Report: North Korea will maintain nuclear arsenal for decades
Patty Aguilar | 13 July, 2019, 05:10

The Trump administration has dismissed a New York Times report that said an idea was taking shape among usa officials to seek to negotiate a nuclear freeze by North Korea, rather than its complete denuclearisation, thereby tacitly accepting it as a nuclear state. While such a change had been speculated since North Korea amended its constitution in April, the regime never formally released the revised language.

The Unification Ministry says some details of a recent media report that around 20 North Korean defectors entered South Korea via Thailand are not true. -North Korea summit in June 2018, Trump promised to provide security guarantees to Pyongyang, while Kim committed to the "complete" denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Concern remains, however, that in seeking security guarantees, North Korea might in the future ask for a change in the configuration of USA military assets in the Asia-Pacific region, including troops stationed in South Korea, which could make nuclear talks more complicated. He met Kim three times previous year.

Suspension of sanctions could be renewed if progress in denuclearization "moves at a good pace" but snap back if the North cheats in any way, the source added.

North Korea's elections and subsequent parliamentary session following the February summit saw major government shuffles that, among other things, included a constitutional revision that meant Kim was not only "supreme leader" but, for the first time, "represents the nation".

It recently urged Seoul to stop mediating between North Korea and the United States, though Kim joined a brief three-way encounter with Moon and Trump before he and the USA president went into a bilateral meeting at Panmunjom.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters that Xi briefed Trump on China's position on North Korea when they met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka.

The director said North Korea has "no other choice but to develop and test the special armaments to completely destroy the lethal weapons reinforced in South Korea".

Midafternoon, after Yonhap's story on this "potential offer" had been widely reported by global media without being contested, a denial came from State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus.

Trump said after his meeting that both sides would set up teams to push forward stalled talks aimed at getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, said they would likely happen "sometime in July. probably in the next two or three weeks".

Reports this week have indicated that the United States appears willing to soften its stance, offering a temporary suspension of some sanctions in exchange for the dismantlement of North Korea's main Yongbyon nuclear facility and a freeze of its nuclear program.

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