Published: Fri, March 29, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

US Not Planning to Ease DPRK Sanctions Until Full Denuclearisation - State Dept.

US Not Planning to Ease DPRK Sanctions Until Full Denuclearisation - State Dept.

Trump said on Friday he decided against imposing new large-scale sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program.

Seoul's Unification Ministry, which deals with inter-Korean affairs, said in a statement that four to five North Korean officials showed up for work Monday at the liaison office in the North Korean border town of Kaesong and told South Korean officials they came to work their usual shifts. -North Korea summit in Hanoi, many observers projected that Pyongyang would seek to further boost its friendly ties with China and Russian Federation in a bid to pressure the U.S.

Biegun's visit to the Chinese capital overlaps with the arrival of a high-ranking North Korean, who was greeted by Chinese government officials and Pyongyang's envoy to Beijing on Tuesday, reported South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

At last month's summit in Vietnam, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reportedly asked Trump to remove a large portion of the sanctions in exchange for the dismantlement of the country's main nuclear facility in Yongbyon.

He stressed the importance of the US-South Korea alliance and urged President Moon Jae-in's administration not to unilaterally push forward with inter-Korean projects.

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Ban also said that North Korea, which is apparently confused after the summit breakdown, might take a harsher stance.

Analysts said the North Korean move probably reflected Pyongyang's satisfaction with Trump's decision to hold off on new sanctions.

In mid-March, Biegun said Washington's goal was the complete denuclearisation of North Korea by the end of Trump's first term, and that it would not settle for incremental disarmament.

In 2011, Kim had described a torpedo attack by North Korea that sank a South Korean navy ship in 2010 as an "accidental incident".

Diplomatic sources here said that while in Beijing, Ri might have made contact with top United States nuclear envoy Stephen Biegun, who was also in Beijing, reportedly for consultations with Chinese officials, the previous day. South Korea: Why has the peninsula been divided?

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