Published: Sat, July 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

N. Korea vows to respond to South's deployment of F-35 jets

N. Korea vows to respond to South's deployment of F-35 jets

Trump and Kim agreed to restart negotiations over North Korea's nuclear program in a historic third meeting earlier this month in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the Korean Peninsula.

Speaking to reporters outside the White House, Trump said that Kim "was so happy to see me" during his hastily-arranged visit to the demilitarized zone with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The paper said that establishing new relations between the North and the USA and building lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula is anything but a "gift" to Pyongyang, adding Washington should do its own part, such as by making efforts to remove its nuclear threats against the North.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the ministry was unable to confirm any information regarding defection from North Korea for reasons of security and the safety of the defectors. Last year's total stood at one-thousand-137. Conversely, a failure to meet USA demands will lead to the sanctions being renewed.

Suspension of sanctions could be renewed if progress in denuclearization "moves at a good pace" but snap back if the North cheats in any way, the source added. Trump's eagerness for a big deal during the summit in Hanoi not only signaled impatience to Kim, but guaranteed both sides would walk away empty-handed.

An anonymous source has told South Korea's Yonhap News Agency that when talks begin, the White House will propose a plan to lift some sanctions for 12 to 18 months in exchange for North Korea's shutting down the Yongbyon nuclear facility.

It recently urged Seoul to stop mediating between North Korea and the United States, though Kim joined a brief three-way encounter with Moon and Trump before he and the USA president went into a bilateral meeting at Panmunjom. They are keen to see a freeze in this production too.

The potential offer would see the suspension of U.N. Security Council sanctions restricting North Korea's exports of coal and textiles - a major source of income for the regime - and mark a compromise between the two countries after the collapse of their second summit in Vietnam in February.

"President Xi elaborated on China's principled position on the Peninsula issue during his meeting with President Trump in Osaka", Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a regular press briefing in the Chinese capital.

The administration of President Bill Clinton, in a 1994 agreement with North Korea, stated, "The U.S. will provide formal assurances to the DPRK, against the threat or use of nuclear weapons by the U.S".

Midafternoon, after Yonhap's story on this "potential offer" had been widely reported by worldwide media without being contested, a denial came from State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus.

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