Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Pompeo seems unfazed by North Korean nuclear development threat

Pompeo seems unfazed by North Korean nuclear development threat

The remarks come a week before a planned meeting between US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and North Korean official Kim Yongchoi to discuss details of a potential second summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump.

Following a series of provocative nuclear and missile tests past year, Kim Jong-un shifted to diplomacy when he met with US President Donald Trump between three summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who lobbied hard to revive nuclear diplomacy.

Over the weekend, North Korea issued a statement warning that they will "seriously consider" returning to the development on nuclear weapons if the U.S. continues to refuse to ease economic sanctions against them.

Pompeo told CBS's Face the Nation he expected "real progress" during talks with his North Korean counterpart, Kim Yong Chol, when they meet at the end of the week in NY.

Pompeo said there would be "no economic relief until we have achieved our ultimate objective", the end of North Korea's nuclear program.

The KCRC said it agreed with its North Korean counterpart, the Consultative Council for National Reconciliation, to hold a joint symposium before March 2019 on Korean victims of forced labor during Japan's colonial rule of the peninsula in the early 20th century.

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North Korea has not tested a ballistic missile or nuclear weapon for almost a year, and has said it closed its main nuclear test site and plans to dismantle several more facilities.

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. There have been no nuclear tests.

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"The improvement of relations and sanctions are incompatible", said the statement, released under the name of the director of the foreign ministry's Institute for American Studies.

South Korea suspended the tour program in 2008 following the fatal shooting of a South Korean female tourist near the resort, stripping the North of a key source of much-needed hard currency. Over the weekend, Kim hosted President Miguel Diaz-Canel of Cuba - another country under U.S. sanctions - during a lavish visit in Pyongyang, where the two leaders vowed to boost their cooperation.

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