Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Trump insists Seoul will not lift sanctions on Pyongyang

Trump insists Seoul will not lift sanctions on Pyongyang

Trump's rejection of South Korea easing sanctions alone outlines the official position of the United States and South Korea that the two countries remain in lockstep on North Korea.

The Kyunghyang Shinmun, without quoting a source, said North Korea has reacted positively to the offer, adding that Japan appears to be considering a "resort" other than Tokyo for the location of such a summit.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha had said on Wednesday that Seoul was considering lifting measures applied after a deadly attack in 2010 that killed 46 South Korean sailors.

South Korea has considered lifting economic sanctions created to force North Korea to relinquish its nuclear weapons, drawing a swift rebuke from Donald Trump and exposing a rift in Seoul's alliance with Washington.

"They won't do that without our approval", Mr. Trump said of the comments. She cited the intent to create more diplomatic momentum for talks over North Korea's nuclear program.

Rodman has since traveled to North Korea four more times.

And while Trump huffs and puffs, Kang's moves may win approval elsewhere.

On Wednesday, China, Russia and North Korea released a joint statement that called on the U.N. Security Council to "adjust" the current sanctions on North Korea.

As part of his delegation to Pyongyang, Pompeo brought along Stephen Biegun, his special representative to North Korea and the diplomat expected to take on more of the day-to-day negotiating with Kim's regime.

A speech by DPRK foreign minister Ri Yong Ho at the United Nations in September framed sanctions as a barrier to bilateral progress and as an example of US efforts to coerce the DPRK. "As there are many (bilateral) sanctions overlapping the United Nations ones, it won't necessarily mean the substantive lifting (of sanctions on the North)".

In a statement released Wednesday by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs following a round of tripartite meetings in Moscow, the three ministers also expressed their support for ongoing talks between the DPRK and both the USA and South Korea.

The sanctions were emplaced in 2010, following the sinking of a South Korean corvette in the Yellow Sea, in what the South insists was a Northern torpedo attack. North Korea has fiercely denied it sank the Cheonan warship. The sanctions severed all trade and investment ties with North Korea.

"They do nothing without our approval", Trump said.

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Moreover, in prior comments, Kang had also raised the possibility of exemptions from global sanctions.

Meanwhile, Kang said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed displeasure over an agreement reached between the rival Koreas last month to reduce conventional military threats between them.

Considerable exemptions would nearly certainly be necessary if the North and South are to carry out their flagship cross-border project: The re-linking of their rail nets.

The remark drew criticism from Trump.

"Kang flubs it", the conservative Joongang Daily editorialized.

"Sanctions are the very leverage we have to denuclearise the North", the editorial said.

But it seems unlikely that Kang flubbed it, one expert said.

Kang backtracked on her remarks after facing criticism from some conservative lawmakers that the sanctions can not be removed unless North Korea first apologized for the attack, a stance adopted by former South Korean governments. "This indicates that Seoul is unhappy with the Americans: If Kang made a faux pas, she would be fired".

One source close to the Foreign Ministry said, "You wouldn't have got this response if there had been prior consultations between the US and South Korea". "While there is still a long way to go and much work to do, we can now see a path to where we'll achieve the ultimate goal which is the full and final verified denuclearization of North Korea", Pompeo told reporters at the White House.

In her remarks to the Washington Post, Kang also differed with the USA view on the denuclearization process. However, as talks with the United States progressed, Kim made a number of visits to China, and there has been speculation that Chinese leader Xi Jinping will make a visit to North Korea in return.

The denuclearization process, which looked so promising when Kim and Trump met in Singapore in June, is now looking stillborn.

Pompeo told a reporter travelling with him Monday that "we made significant progress".

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