Published: Sun, September 16, 2018

Pompeo accuses Russian Federation of actively working to undermine North Korea sanctions

Pompeo accuses Russian Federation of actively working to undermine North Korea sanctions

There Kim backed denuclearisation of the "Korean peninsula", but no details were agreed and Washington and Pyongyang have sparred since over what that means and how it will be achieved.

The result will likely be a crucial indicator of how the larger nuclear negotiations with the United States will proceed.

"I believe finding an intersecting point to restart the dialogue and let denuclearization to take place promptly, is the role we [South Korea] must serve in the middle", Moon said.

Moon and South Korean delegation will fly directly to Pyongyang using the Western air route, Moon's office said, adding that an advance team will take the land route to Pyongyang Sunday for preparations.

Next week's summit will mark the fifth inter-Korean meeting.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in is expected to fly to Pyongyang for the first time next week in the hopes of accelerating worldwide efforts to denuclearize North Korea.

The North was "willing to denuclearise", Moon said on Thursday, while the U.S. was willing to "end hostile relations" and provide security guarantees, "but there is a blockage as both sides are demanding each other to act first".

The nuclear-armed North's chief delegate Ri Son-gwon responded in kind, calling it a "substantial fruit nourished by the people of the north and south".


Last month, Trump abruptly cancelled a planned visit by Pompeo to Pyongyang. These projects are held back by the sanctions against North Korea.

The opening comes ahead of a meeting between North and South leaders.

The decisions came amid a flurry of activity as the two Koreas move to improve relations amid efforts to restart stalled nuclear talks between the North and the United States. The fighting stopped with an armistice that has left the peninsula technically at war.

Top US diplomat Pompeo on Friday said the United States is "as committed as ever to continuing to enforce those UN Security Council resolutions". "The process can't have anything to do with a plan to denuclearize unilaterally".

At Washington's request, . the UN Security Council will meet on Monday over the implementation of sanctions on North Korea.

Chung conveyed similarly promising comments from Kim after a previous visit in March, when South Korean officials shuttled between Pyongyang and Washington to set up the Trump-Kim meeting.

The liaison office is in Kaesong, where South Korean firms once employed tens of thousands North Korean workers in a jointly run industrial park that symbolised peaceful engagement. If Moon can't convince Kim to express a commitment to concrete denuclearization steps, he will at least have to get Kim to put the things Chung has said he was told in a written agreement, said Du Hyeogn Cha, a visiting scholar at Seoul's Asan Institute for Policy Studies. "A failure to get something more specific out of Kim could cause the diplomatic efforts to lose much of their force".

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