North Korea tells South to stop mediating between North, US

Friday, 28 Jun, 2019

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is willing to push ahead with inter-Korean cooperation and achieve denuclearization through dialogue, the South Korean presidential office announced on Thursday following a ROK-PRC summit.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in says talks with Pyongyang are "making steady progress". However, apart from some letters passed between Trump and Kim, little in the way of working-level talks has been accomplished.

Among some of his posts are restaurant reviews, his daily walk to class and attending a performance where North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was also present.

Australia advises against non-essential travel to North Korea - where several foreigners have been detained in the past.

Trump visits South Korea on Saturday and is planning to visit the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas, where Kim Jong Un and Moon had their historic first summit previous year.

Mr Johnson, who is now the chairman of Orbitz Elevators, has offered to fly to North Korea with former foreign minister Julie Bishop in a bid to free Mr Sigley, who hails from Perth originally.

Officials from Seoul and Washington did not confirm Biegun's potential meetings with North Korean representatives.

"The projects, of course, could be resumed as an outcome of lifted sanctions", he said.

"We continue to invite our counterparts for negotiations".

The statement comes at a time when North Korean state media and foreign ministry have criticized USA policy, including sanctions.

Seoul and the U.S., for their part, maintain that the sole objective of the Thaad system is to defend against North Korean missiles.

It's not yet clear what Trump will do in South Korea.

Hanging over the prospect of future talks with North Korea are the rising tensions between the USA and Iran.

He married a Japanese woman in a ceremony in Pyongyang a year ago.

"Our state is not a country that will surrender to the USA sanctions, nor are we a country which the USA could attack whenever it desires to do so".

China is wary of US surveillance, which can extend as far as its northeastern provinces.

Last month, Iran announced that it was suspending its commitments under the 2015 deal.

Southern authorities were trying to "make their presence felt" by posing as a mediator, he said. "So I wonder we should look at (the two issues) bit differently", he said in response to questions about Iran. The Trump administration is negotiating with North Korean leadership in an effort to persuade the country to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

The summit's collapse was a blow to South Korea's Moon, who had shuttled between Washington and Pyongyang to help facilitate diplomacy over the North's nuclear ambitions.

The unification minister is South Korea's point man for inter-Korean relations. Kwon noted that 80% of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) economy is sanctioned at present.

South Korea suspended the Kaesong industrial project in 2016 and tours to Mount Kumgang in 2008, both symbols of cooperation to establish peace between the two Koreas that remain technically at war under a truce ending the 1950-53 Korean War.

"If the US sanctions are affecting 80-plus percent of our economy, as Pompeo mentioned, the question is whether the USA target is to raise it up to 100 percent", the official said. That facility produces plutonium and highly enriched uranium - two main nuclear materials.

"He was always very sympathetic to North Korea and the people of North Korea". "Of course there are other sites".

"Also under way is dialogue between the South and the North through diverse channels", he added in a written interview with leading media.

Kim has said a third meeting would be possible only if Washington adopted a more flexible approach, setting a year-end deadline.