Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

North Korea says denuclearization pledge not result of US-led sanctions

North Korea says denuclearization pledge not result of US-led sanctions

The U.S. leader attempted to visit the Demilitarized Zone by helicopter last November during his visit to the South, but the trip was halted by poor visibility.

Mr Trump is to push North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.

Trump told reporters that there would be an announcement soon.

Bolton met his South Korean counterpart Chung Eui-yong in Washington late last week to discuss plans for both locations, according to local media reports.

According to North Korea Times, a spokesman for the North Korean foreign ministry told the state run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), "It would not be conducive to addressing the issue of the USA miscalculates the peace loving intention of the DPRK (North Korea) as a sign of "weakness" and continues to pursue its pressure and military threats".

Mr Trump this week expressed a preference for the DMZ but also said Singapore was possible.

Pyongyang is not happy that President Donald Trump is getting the credit for pushing the Korean Peninsula toward peace through his "maximum pressure" campaign, state media revealed.

In the article, an unnamed foreign ministry spokesperson said the Trump administration "is deliberately provoking the DPRK" at the time when peace and reconciliation are being promoted in the wake of the inter-Korean summit.

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Trump said that the two sides had settled on a date and location for the summit - without providing details.

"Once the U.S. -North Korea summit date is set, the leaders of the South and North will hold their first conversation over the phone".

"This act can not be construed otherwise than a risky attempt to ruin the hardly-won atmosphere of dialogue and bring the situation back to square one", the spokesman was quoted as saying.

"There was a general agreement [between the two Koreas] to hold a meaningful conversation over the phone instead of simply holding one out of formality", said a senior official in the Blue House on Monday. "Now I'm trying to calm it down a little bit", he said. "I think you're going to see very good things", Mr Trump said.

"This third summit between the two leaders affirms the enduring strength of the United States-Republic of Korea alliance and the deep friendship between our two countries", the White House said in a statement.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, at his swearing-in ceremony last week, said the USA will not repeat the mistakes of past administrations when it comes to limiting the nuclear programs of rogue nations.

Dr. David Kay, Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies said up to 300 inspectors would be needed in the North, but it would be hard to find enough specialists with the necessary skills and experience.

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