Korea offers talks on tension, family reunions with North

18 July, 2017, 04:00 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • For North Korea this element matters, and it is not Uranium

Maruyama explained that raising pressure now is essential "in order to be able to conduct a serious dialogue" with North Korea in the future.

North Korea, which has so far resisted overtures from the new South Korean government that has been less hard-line than previous conservative administrations, will likely receive $6 million from Seoul to help finance this year's census activity in North Korea According to the South Korean government on Thursday, Han Sung-yeol, North Korea's deputy foreign minister, visited the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) office in NY last month and asked for funding for its census activity this year.

Cho stressed that Seoul "would not seek collapse of the North or unification through absorbing the North", and urged Pyongyang to restore inter-Korea communication channels including a shuttered military hotline.

The proposed talks - which would be held Friday in the border town of Panmunjom, if accepted - would be the first face-to-face meeting between the two sides since 2015.

"After North Korea's frequent missile tests including its very first ICBM test, the global community has vowed to tighten sanctions and China simply can not exclude itself from the recent movement, although it probably does not want to indefinitely cut off fuel sales to the North", Kang said.

It did not elaborate on the measures.

Experts say an extended cut by China would threaten critical supplies of gasoline and diesel and force North Korea to find alternative sources of refined fuel products.

During a UN Security Council meeting last week, Ms Haley threatened secondary sanctions if the council could not agree on new sanctions - though she did not cite China by name.

Fresh US sanctions would be aimed at sending a message to Beijing of Washington's resolve to act further on its own.

"Global action is required to stop a global threat".

Cui Tiankai, China's ambassador to Washington, said on Monday secondary sanctions were "not acceptable".

Mr Trump also said China's trade with North Korea had grown almost 40 per cent in the first quarter.

"We're not going to be paralysed into inaction". The administration did not get Congressional approval before airstrikes on Syria in April.

Imports from the North declined 36.5 per cent in March, he said.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said China's cooperation on North Korea was "uneven" when he spoke to lawmakers last month, saying US officials were concerned about actions by both the government and other entities in China.

Reflecting growing concern about North Korea on Capitol Hill, two members of the US Senate Banking Committee, Democrat Chris Van Hollen and Republican Pat Toomey, announced on Wednesday they would soon introduce legislation for North Korea modelled on the Iran secondary sanctions laws passed by Congress.

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