Koreas open joint liaison office

Charlene Craig
September 18, 2018

The Security Council is to meet on September 17 to discuss introduction of sanctions on North Korea at Washington's request.

Seoul Defense Dialogue in Seoul, South Korea.

Speaking on the sidelines of the forum, he called for "openness" from the North about their weapons programme and added a second Trump-Kim summit should deliver "concrete" results.

"We have set off on a grand journey toward the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", Moon said.

In this November 29, 2017, file photo provided by the North Korean government shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, third from left, and what the North Korean government calls the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile, in North Korea.

During the July 31 general-grade talks, Seoul and Pyongyang shared the understanding in "broad terms" over the issues of fostering peace in the DMZ in line with the April summit agreement to transform the border area into a "peace zone".

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South Korea launched its first ever missile-capable attack submarine on 14 September, despite a recent diplomatic thaw with the nuclear-armed North.

The submarine Dosan Ahn Changho is being launched at a time when South Korea conservatives are voicing concerns Moon has been too yielding on North Korea.

"President Moon will be placing the utmost impetus on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". Last month, Trump abruptly canceled a planned visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Pyongyang.

Russian Federation and China have suggested the Security Council discuss easing sanctions after the Trump-Kim summit, while Washington and other council members have said there must be strict enforcement of sanctions until Pyongyang acts. But company executives say tough economic sanctions, effectively banning any business with the North, could make it tricky to go this time around.

"What the South and North now needs is not just another joint declaration, but finding ways to substantially develop relations", Moon said in a Cabinet meeting Tuesday.

North Korea, meanwhile, did not display intercontinental ballistic missiles that can target the United States at Sunday's military parade, signaling Kim's desire to refrain from provoking Trump to resume talks with Washington.

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The liaison office will also see both sides support exchange and cooperation projects run by private organizations, providing consultations as well as guaranteeing the convenience of people who cross the inter-Korean border. The fighting stopped with an armistice that has left the peninsula technically at war.

The North was "willing to denuclearise", Moon said Thursday, while the United States 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".

Period. The full implementation of UN Security Council resolutions remains mandatory for all member states - including Russian Federation. "The process can't have anything to do with a plan to denuclearize unilaterally".

The U.S. envoy visited Seoul earlier this week and held talks with his counterpart Lee. -South Korea alliance or lead to a withdrawal of USA troops.

He said then that Kim had said the North would not need to keep its nuclear weapons if it received a credible security guarantee and that the North Korean leader understood that U.S.

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