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Security Council united on denuclearizing North Korea

Security Council united on denuclearizing North Korea

Right now, Pompeo said, North Korea is "illegally smuggling" refined petroleum products into the country beyond the quota of 500,000 barrels per year allowed under United Nations sanctions, mainly by ship-to-ship transfers.

But according to a senior South Korean diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity, China and Russian Federation, two of the five permanent members of the council, also raised the need to start discussing an easing of sanctions once there is progress on denuclearization.

Mining production in North Korea, which relies on coal as its No. 1 export, dropped 11 percent in 2017 - a breakneck reversal from the 8.4 percent growth it had seen the year before. "Chairman Kim told, not only President Trump, but President Moon that he was prepared to denuclearize", Pompeo said. In other words, North Korea should unilaterally disarm, despite bellicose threats by Trump over the past year to "totally destroy" the country, and before steps to remove sanctions, let alone provide any genuine security guarantees.

The women's arrival happened when South Korea was governed by a conservative government, which took a tough stance on the North's nuclear program.

As for the broader worldwide community, she said, "we ask you to hold tight as we go forward".

"When sanctions are not enforced, the prospects for the successful denuclearization of North Korea are diminished".

Moscow has been actively contributing to the process of denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, particularly by enforcing sanctions on Pyongyang, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told journalists.

"What we need now, though, is we need to continue that", Pompeo said.




The United Nations Security Council tightened sanctions on North Korea in August in efforts to contain its nuclear weapons and ballistic-missile program, appearing to remove some exceptions for penalties that might cause "adverse humanitarian effect".

A senior USA defense official said on Tuesday Washington hoped North Korea would return about 50 sets of remains within two weeks but details were still uncertain, in spite of two days of talks between US and North Korean officials on Sunday and Monday.

"So what do we need to see?" The BOK's annual report on the North Korean economy is based on information gathered by South Korea's spy agency and other authorities closely studying the North. Pyongyang does not release its own official GDP data.

North Korean tankers reportedly obtain clandestine oil cargo in worldwide waters from ships that often switch off their satellite tracking systems to prevent any monitoring of their activities. Although it's summer, China has recently increased the oil flow to the winter levels, the source told the South Korean outlet.

Pompeo also said that North Korean cyber theft was a mechanism the regime uses to generate revenue and needed to be countered. "They claim they need more information, we don't need any more information", Haley said.

Trump bragged about his administration's achievements, declaring: "The sanctions [on North Korea] are remaining".

A United Nations sanctions resolution adopted last year set ceilings for North Korea of four million barrels of crude oil per year and 500,000 barrels of refined oil products.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said North Korea made "a clear commitment on complete denuclearization repeatedly and, of course, very forcefully at the Singapore summit with President Trump, and we will hold them up to that commitment". North Korea has accused South Korea of kidnapping them, while South Korea says they chose to resettle on their own will. They emphasized to the UN Security Council the need to enforce its sanctions on North Korea.

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