Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Japan reports suspicions of China engaging in smuggling trade with North Korea

Japan reports suspicions of China engaging in smuggling trade with North Korea Japan reports suspicions of China engaging in smuggling trade with North Korea
Gerardo Duncan | 31 May, 2018, 21:04

President Donald Trump signaled Thursday that it's very likely a delegation of North Korean officials "will probably be coming down" to Washington Friday to hand-deliver a letter to him from Kim Jong Un.

The People's Republic of China had repeatedly insisted upon enforcing UN-approved sanctions against North Korea and promised punishment to any Chinese company which was caught breaking the sanctions.

Concerned about the impact that the continued uncertainty over the summit coupled with the North's destruction of its main nuclear test facility might have on the public, the Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea has issued directives regarding the North-South meeting, the North-U.S. summit, and Punggye-ri, said a source from North Hamgyong province who declined to be named.

Pompeo talks with Kim Yong Chol - the most critical of three tracks of negotiations now taking place between the two governments in the USA, in the heavily fortified Korean Demilitarized Zone, and in Singapore - are aimed at determining whether a meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un, originally scheduled for June 12 but later cancelled by Trump, can be restored. "However, we can build a technically flawless modern facility if we want to in the future".

The demolition was published in state media last week, but the actions taken were initially met with skepticism, Daily NK reported Saturday. It was not immediately clear who accompanied Kim Yong Chol on the North Korean side.

Activist Kim Young-hwan speaks at a symposium on North Korean human rights in Seoul on May 31, 2018.

"This clearly indicates that there will be no complete removal of nuclear capabilities", he said.

North Korean sources previously told RFA's Korean Service that citizens have been largely unmoved by, if not mistrustful of, state propaganda heralding Kim's diplomatic achievements in the nuclear-armed, sanctions-hit state.

After a year of major advancements in the North Korean nuclear weapons program that led to high tensions between Pyongyang, Washington and much of the world that led to a surge in aggressive sanctions, its leader has sued for some peace.

Pompeo was meeting with Kim Yong Chol, one of the North Korean leader's closest aides, at the three-bedroom apartment residence of the USA deputy ambassador to the United Nations in NY. Translated by Leejin Jun.

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