By AFP  March 30, 2019 | 08:56 am GMT+7 US President Donald Trump (R) speaks with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un as they sit for a dinner at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 27, 2019. Photo by AFP/Saul Loeb U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday reaffirmed that he would stop new sanctions on North Korea, saying the country was suffering. He also said he valued his relationship with its authoritarian leader Kim Jong-un. Trump shed light on his tweet a week ago that took Washington by surprise in which he said he was rolling back sanctions on North Korea that the Treasury Department had planned. "They are suffering greatly in North Korea. They're having a hard time in North Korea," he told reporters at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. "And I just didn't think additional sanctions at this time were necessary. Doesn't mean I don't put them on later but I didn't think additional sanctions at this time were necessary," he said. A month … [Read more...] about Trump says N.Korea suffering, doesn’t need new sanctions
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The Hanoitimes - The sanctions leave direct impact on North Korean economy shown through a sharp decline in exports last year. What are visions for the denuclearization after second no-deal summit? The failure of the second Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi suggests sanctions remain a big issue between the US and North Korea, foreign media quoted international experts as saying. The UN Security Council votes to adopt a resolution imposing sanctions against North Korea. Photo: Getty Images North Korean nuclear negotiator Kim Yong Chol told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in May 2018 that Pyongyang’s shift away from weapons was “not a result of sanctions that have been imposed from outside.” But in July 2018, Seoul-based Bank of Korea estimated the North Korean economy had seen its biggest decline in two decades, with the country’s real annual gross domestic product (GDP) falling by 3.5% in 2017 while exports declined 37.2% in 2017 alone. … [Read more...] about How much do US-led sanctions hurt North Korea economy?
Trump says as summit ends that North Korea to denuclearize 'very, very quickly'The Saigon Times Daily U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un look at each others before signing documents that acknowledge the progress of the talks and pledge to keep momentum going, after their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018 - PHOTO: REUTERS SINGAPORE (REUTERS) - U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a “comprehensive” document following a historic summit aimed at the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. There were mo immediate details on the contents of the document but Trump said he expected the denuclearization process to start “very, very quickly”. Although the breakthrough made at the summit marks just the start of a diplomatic process, it could bring lasting change to the security landscape of Northeast Asia, just as former U.S. President Richard Nixon visit to … [Read more...] about Trump says as summit ends that North Korea to denuclearize ‘very, very quickly’
White House says 'powerful' sanctions to remain on North Korea A combination photo shows U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (R) in Washignton, DC, U.S. May 17, 2018 and in Panmunjom, South Korea, April 27, 2018 respectively – PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The White House said on Monday its policy of tough sanctions on North Korea has not changed, days after U.S. President Donald Trump said he no longer wanted to use the phrase “maximum pressure” to describe the campaign to press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. After meeting a senior official from Pyongyang at the White House on Friday, Trump said North Korea was being more cooperative and that although sanctions would remain in place, he would hold off on imposing new ones. Trump said he didn’t want to use the term “maximum pressure” any more, because the two sides were “getting along.” Asked at a news briefing on Monday whether … [Read more...] about White House says ‘powerful’ sanctions to remain on North Korea
The UN Security Council approved new sanctions against North Korea on February 22, 2018 (Photo: AFP/VNA) The new restrictions focused on new and used vessels, food and farm products, electrical equipment, and wood, the Indian government said in a statement. Curbs were toughened on the export of industrial machinery, vehicles, iron, steel, and other metals. New Delhi has cut back on trade with North Korea but maintains its diplomatic channels. Russia said US sanctions on North Korea for the assassination of North Korean citizen Kim Chol are illegal. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the sanctions will not be approved by the UN Security Council. Japan and the US will step up their investigation of a North Korean nuclear factory to gauge the North’s willingness to denuclearize. Japan wants to pressure North Korea to approve the IAEA’s access to nuclear zones in the Yongbyon nuclear complex, 100 km north of Pyongyang. … [Read more...] about India limits trade with North Korea