N. Korea-US talks on track: Moon

N. Kore­ans no show at planned US war dead talks: re­port

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

SEOUL, July 12, (Agen­cies): South Korean Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in said on Thurs­day that North Korea’s crit­i­cism of the United States af­ter re­cent talks on de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion was part of its strat­egy and ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween them are on the “right track”.

North Korea ac­cused the United States on Satur­day of mak­ing “gang­ster-like” de­mands in the talks in North Korea late last week, con­tra­dict­ing US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo who said the old en­e­mies had made progress.

Moon, speak­ing in Sin­ga­pore with its pres­i­dent and prime min­is­ter, said that talks on the de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion of the Korean penin­sula be­tween North Korea and the United States may face hur­dles and take time, his of­fice said.

“No one can be op­ti­mistic about the re­sults, but my cau­tious out­look is that the ne­go­ti­a­tions would be able to suc­ceed if the North car­ries out a com­plete de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion, and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity gath­ers ef­forts to pro­vide se­cu­rity guar­an­tees to the North,” Moon said.

Mean­while, NATO lead­ers on Wednes­day called on all na­tions to main­tain “de­ci­sive pres­sure” on North Korea, in­clud­ing by fully im­ple­ment­ing United Na­tions sanc­tions, to per­suade it to give up it nu­clear, chem­i­cal and bi­o­log­i­cal weapons.

The al­lies also ex­pressed con­cern about Iran’s in­ten­si­fied mis­sile tests and said the al­liance was com­mit­ted “to per­ma­nently en­sur­ing that Iran’s nu­clear pro­gramme re­mains peace­ful”.

The sum­mit dec­la­ra­tion signed by the 29 NATO lead­ers re­it­er­ated the al­liance’s full sup­port for the goal of “com­plete ver­i­fi­able and ir­re­versible de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion of the Korean Penin­sula.”

In re­lated news, North Korean of­fi­cials did not show up at planned talks with the US Thurs­day to dis­cuss re­turn­ing the re­mains of Amer­i­can sol­diers killed dur­ing the Korean War, ac­cord­ing to a Yon­hap re­port.

Re­turn­ing the re­mains of the US troops who per­ished dur­ing the 1950-53 con­flict was part of a deal signed by the North’s leader Kim Jong Un and US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump dur­ing their land­mark sum­mit last month.

US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo, who vis­ited Py­ongyang last week to flesh out the de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion deal, said a Pen­tagon team would meet with the North’s of­fi­cials on or around Thurs­day at the in­ter-Korea bor­der to dis­cuss the repa­tri­a­tion. A US of­fi­cial waited at the bor­der truce vil­lage of Pan­munjom Thurs­day but no North Korean of­fi­cial showed up, South Korea’s Yon­hap news agency said, cit­ing a Seoul diplo­matic source.

“The US wanted to have talks as early as July 12 but the North did not seem to be ready,” ac­cord­ing to an un­named Seoul of­fi­cial.

“Both the US and the North are still in dis­cus­sion over when to meet,” the of­fi­cial was quoted as say­ing, adding that the US wanted to make a for­mal an­nounce­ment soon.

Dozens of wooden coffins to carry the Amer­i­can re­mains have re­cently been brought to the south­ern side of the bor­der, the re­port added.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Kuwait

© PressReader. All rights reserved.