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No sign of North Korea dismantling nuclear weapons, Mattis admits

Kim and Don Rodman revealed that Sarah Huckabee Sanders called him after the summit between Kim Jong-un and Trump to say the president was'very grateful South Korea wants railroad link to Russia through North Korea
Faye Gross | 22 June, 2018, 16:00

At their summit, Kim and Trump signed a pledge "to work towards complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", a stock phrase favored by Pyongyang that stopped short of longstanding United States demands for North Korea to give up its atomic arsenal in a "verifiable" and "irreversible" way.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 21, 2018.

That could allow the lifting of U.N. Security Council economic sanctions that have hamstrung North Korea's foreign trade, although the USA insists those measures can be eased only after the North shows it has ended its nuclear programs. Before that, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton is set to visit Moscow later this month.

The president last week said the usa would pause its joint exercises with South Korea while it partakes in the ongoing discussions over North Korea's nuclear program.

"Obviously, it's the very front end of a process", he said.

However, leaders form Washington to Seoul have been impatient for tangible evidence that North Korea is beginning to dismantle its nuclear arsenal. "I wouldn't expect that at this point".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "will be meeting with them and talking with them at the earliest possible date" to implement what was agreed in Singapore, spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters, without providing further details.

Trump also said North Korea had begun destroying test sites.

Before her promotion, she used to be the chief of the North America bureau within the North Korean foreign ministry, and was charged with overseeing the so-called Track Two Diplomacy with the U.S., i.e., Pyongyang's secret talks with Washington held in Norway.

"Russia and South Korea have huge potential as far as economic, humanitarian and cultural exchanges go".

"There is much demand for group tours for North Korea, because of rising Chinese interest in the North after a series of its summits with China, the US and South Korea".

'Abandoned' Blatter regrets not quitting Federation Internationale de Football Association earlier
Blatter's, though, might not be such a good idea. "It was not an easy time for me, it's still not the easiest time". Blatter's 17-year spell in charge of world football's governing body ended amid a corruption scandal in 2015 .


Kim is expected to return to Pyongyang on Wednesday.

The good news? A United States plan for North Korean denuclearization does, indeed, exist.

He added: "The detailed negotiations have not begun".

THE FACTS: That's not what his Pentagon chief, Jim Mattis, says.

Building on the diplomatic momentum from the Singapore summit, South Korea and the US announced Tuesday that joint military drills slated for August had been officially called off.

"Everything is going fine between us and the Republic of Korea", he said.

US and South Korean officials expect to discuss the issue Friday, with consultations expected to continue next week when the USA defense secretary travels to Seoul.

By way of example, the South Korean president mentioned plans to connect the three countries' railway networks that would make it possible to deliver goods to Russian Federation and Europe via North Korea. "I leave it to [the USA side] to brief you", she said.

Speaking to India Today the Deputy Foreign Minister said, "Foreign companies need fair access to the market and they want to see less regulation.We have about 700 companies in India and they have found opportunities to do business".

"The situation is different from past year when missile launches were frequent and it is not a situation where missiles will soon come flying", he told a news conference, adding that the matter of the drills was under consideration.

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