DPRK says it needs trust in US for de­nu­cle­ariza­tion

Py­ongyang: Wash­ing­ton needs to show good­will, and sanc­tions only lower it

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Holiday - XIN­HUA— AP AGENCE FRANCE- PRESSE

UNITED NA­TIONS — The Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea has de­manded that the United States take steps to se­cure Py­ongyang’s trust be­fore its de­nu­cle­ariza­tion.

“With­out any trust in the US, there will be no con­fi­dence in our na­tional se­cu­rity, and un­der such cir­cum­stances there is no way we will uni­lat­er­ally dis­arm our­selves first,” DPRK For­eign Min­is­ter Ri Yong-ho told the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly.

“The DPRK govern­ment’s com­mit­ment to de­nu­cle­ariza­tion is solid and firm. How­ever, it is only pos­si­ble if the US secures our suf­fi­cient trust to­ward the US.”

The key to con­sol­i­dat­ing peace and se­cu­rity on the Korean Penin­sula is to thor­oughly im­ple­ment the joint state­ment adopted at the his­toric sum­mit be­tween the DPRK’s top leader Kim Jongun and US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in Sin­ga­pore in June, Ri said.

The joint state­ment con­tains all prin­ci­pled is­sues re­gard­ing even­tual so­lu­tions of the is­sues on the Korean Penin­sula, he said. “Once the DPRK-US Joint State­ment is im­ple­mented, the cur­rent trend to­ward de­tente will turn into durable peace, and the com­plete de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the Korean Penin­sula will also be achieved.”

The pri­mary task for ef­fec­tively im­ple­ment­ing the joint state­ment should be bring­ing down the bar­rier of mis­trust be­tween the two coun­tries, Ri said.

Out of the de­sire and res­o­lute de­ter­mi­na­tion to suc­cess­fully im­ple­ment the joint state­ment, the DPRK govern­ment gives par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to trust-build­ing and is pour­ing pri­mary ef­forts to this, he said.

Even be­fore the sum­mit, he said, the DPRK took sig­nif­i­cant good­will mea­sures, such as stop­ping nu­clear and bal­lis­tic mis­sile tests and dis­man­tling a nu­clear test site.

‘Tough talk, love’

“How­ever, we do not see any cor­re­spond­ing re­sponse from the US. On the con­trary, in­stead of ad­dress­ing our con­cern for the ab­sence of peace in the Korean Penin­sula, the US in­sists on ‘de­nu­cle­ariza­tio­nand in­creases the level of pres­sure by sanc­tions to achieve their pur­pose in a co­er­cive man­ner, and even ob­ject­ing to the ‘dec­la­ra­tion of the end of war’,” he said.

“The per­cep­tion that sanc­tions can bring us on our knees is a pipe dream of the peo­ple who are ig­no­rant about us. But the prob­lem is that the con­tin­ued sanc­tions are deep­en­ing our mis­trust.”

Mean­while, Trump told a cheer­ing crowd at a cam­paign rally on Satur­day night that there was once tough talk “back and forth” be­tween him and Kim “and then we fell in love”.

Trump said at a rally in West Vir­ginia: “He wrote me beau­ti­ful let­ters and they’re great let­ters. We fell in love.”

He joked about crit­i­cism he would get from the news me­dia for mak­ing a com­ment some would con­sider “un­pres­i­den­tial” and for be­ing so pos­i­tive about the DPRK’s top leader.

“Why has Pres­i­dent Trump given up so much?” Trump said in his mock “news an­chor” voice. “I didn’t give up any­thing.”

He noted that Kim is in­ter­ested in a sec­ond meet­ing after their ini­tial meet­ing in Sin­ga­pore was hailed by Trump as a big step to­ward de­nu­cle­ariza­tion and dou­bling the num­ber of palms, but the fig­ure only fell.”

Of­fi­cial es­ti­mates put the de­cline at 50 per­cent of pre1980 num­bers.

“We hoped for a bet­ter fu­ture — and it got even worse,” Hus­sein said.

Iraqi agri­cul­ture has been es­pe­cially hard hit by drought this year, re­sult­ing in an of­fi­cial ban on the grow­ing of rice and ce­re­als which re­quire a lot of wa­ter and the deaths of thou­sands of an­i­mals.

With Iraqi farm­ers hik­ing their prices due to the drought, seller Aqil An­tuch has adapted to keep his cash­strapped cus­tomers happy.

He now sells dates im­ported from Iran, Saudi Ara­bia, the United Arab Emi­rates and Kuwait at his cen­tral Basra shop, which he has run for 25 years.

“The Saudis, who pro­duce a high quan­tity, want to sell their mer­chan­dise and lower the price to 1,500 di­nars per kilo,” said An­tuch, 52.

In re­cent years, farm­ing has also been hit by an ex­o­dus from ru­ral ar­eas, as Iraqis flock to cities and in­for­mal neigh­bor­hoods.

Ir­ri­ga­tion chan­nels have be­come open sew­ers and the rows of trees which once pro­vided shade have dis­ap­peared.

Palm groves have also been ripped up to make way for oil in­stal­la­tions, the coun­try’s big­gest source of rev­enue.

Other groves have been snapped up for con­struc­tion of new build­ings.

In a cruel irony, the ma­jor­ity of dates now sold in Iraq come from trees that first took root in the coun­try, be­fore be­ing re­planted in other Gulf states decades ago.

FREDERIC J. BROWN / AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A surfer rides a wave with surf dog Giselle dur­ing the 10th an­nual Surf City Surf Dog con­test in Hunt­ing­ton Beach, Cal­i­for­nia, on Satur­day.

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