Pompeo says North Korea deal 'may take some time,' sanctions to remain

Virginia Carson
July 23, 2018

Earlier in the day, the South's media outlets reported that the heads of the North's embassies and other missions were called in for what is "presumed to be an ambassadorial meeting", citing unnamed sources. Trump said that Putin would be involved "in the sense that he is with us".

The panel's findings, released on June 27, updating a March report, said the coal was shipped from North Korea's eastern port of Wonsan in Kangwon Province and Chongjin in North Hamgyong Province to Kholmsk on Russia's Sakhalin Island on six occasions between July and September 2017.

The U.N. Security Council has unanimously boosted sanctions on North Korea since 2006 in a bid to choke off funding for Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, banning exports including coal, iron, lead, textiles and seafood, and capping imports of crude oil and refined petroleum products.

"I think in the next couple weeks we'll have the first remains returned".

North Korea is now in the process of negotiating with the United States on dismantling its nuclear program.

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"The sanctions are remaining".

Trump tweeted the remark on Wednesday, promising "big benefits and exciting future" for Pyongyang "at end of process." .

North Korea has offered to meet an American delegation on Sunday to discuss the repatriation of remains of soldiers killed in the Korean War, a US State Department spokeswoman said on Thursday.

Following a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore last month, President Donald Trump said that sanctions would only be removed "when we are sure the nukes are no longer a factor".

Directional signs bearing North Korean and US flags are seen near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea, April 25, 2018.

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North Korea said it would return between 50 and 55 sets of remains.

At the same time the tweet was published the RIA news agency reported that a summit between the leaders of Russian Federation and North Korea is "on the agenda".

"If South-North foreign ministerial talks take place on the occasion of the ARF, it's expected to serve as a chance to exchange productive and constructive opinions for the implementation of the Panmunjom Declaration and the joint statement of the North Korea-US summit", he said at a press briefing. However, they said that dialogue was contingent on the condition that North Korea give up its nuclear weapons.

Pompeo said North Korea had reaffirmed its commitment to give up its nuclear weapons and that progress had been made on arranging the return of remains of USA soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War.

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