Published: Sun, July 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

North Korea to return U.S

North Korea to return U.S

South Korean authorities are probing the illegal entry of North Korean coal into South Korean ports a year ago in violation of United Nations sanctions.

The issue resurfaced this month when a United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea called for a "thorough" and "independent" investigation after he met with some of the defectors in question.

The Indonesian authorities are currently working on final preparations for the Asian Games, which will kick off a month from now on August 18.

The North's state-run Uriminzokkiri website said that the reunion and overall inter-Korean ties could face "obstacles" if Seoul doesn't send back the women. He made his diplomatic debut through a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in March, followed by an inter-Korean summit in April and a meeting with US President Donald Trump in June.

"Discussions are ongoing and they're going very, very well", Mr Trump told reporters in Washington.

While Trump asserted that North Korea was "no longer a nuclear threat" upon his return from Singapore, North Korea has not publicly confirmed that it has dismantled any of its nuclear weapons or ballistic missile infrastructure since the June 12 meeting.

Pompeo met with Kim's key aide this month during his latest trip to Pyongyang but as soon as he left, the North's foreign ministry berated him over his "unilateral and gangster-like" demands. But some of those report's authors have cautioned against reading too much into the various analysis.


North Korea's coal-intensive industries and manufacturing sectors have suffered as the U.N. Security Council ratcheted up the sanctions in response to years of nuclear tests by Pyongyang.

North Korea has often used the women as a reason to rebuff South Korea's repeated request to allow elderly citizens split during the 1950-53 Korean War to reunite with each other briefly.

North Korean and U.S. military officials met Sunday at the truce village of Panmunjom on the inter-Korean border to discuss the repatriation.

North Korea's gross national income per capita stands at 1.46 million won ($1,283.52), making it about 4.4% the size of South Korea's, the BOK said.

The job for the USA now, he said, is "to get the entire country to understand that they have that strategically wrong".

According to US military newspaper Stars and Stripes, North Korea has agreed to return as many as 55 sets of remains believed to be USA soldiers killed in the Korean War.

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