Korea says it won’t denuclearize unless U.S. removes threat

N. Korea: We Denuclearize When US Removes Its Threat

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"Measures, such as an end to the hostile policy toward North Korea and the lifting of unfair sanctions, are things the US can do without lifting a finger, if they want to", the report said.

"The United States must now recognize the accurate meaning of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and especially, must study geography", the statement said.

The United States deployed nuclear weapons in South Korea from 1958 to 1991. When talking about denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, [the United States] needs to know that it means eliminating all nuclear threat factors.

U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun speaks to the media upon his arrival at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Dec. 19, 2018.

North Korea issued a straightforward statement Thursday saying Pyongyang won't denuclearize until the US removes its nuclear threat from the region first. "A$3 dded sanctions pressure will block the path to denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula forever - a result desired by no one", it warned. He wasn't expected to meet with North Korean officials at the village, which is often used for diplomacy between the allies and North Korea.

What does this mean for peace talks?

In a historic summit meeting in June, President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to work toward "complete denuclearization" on the peninsula but without detailed agreements on how it will be achieved. The statement could jeopardize a second Trump-Kim summit as the United States may have difficulty negotiating further if the North ties the future of its nukes to the USA military presence in the South, analysts said.

Biegun is expected to discuss inter-Korean issues with Cho amid US concerns that Seoul may be moving too quickly with Pyongyang relative to the lacklustre progress on denuclearisation.

Warmbier's death came amid heightened animosity on the Korean Peninsula, with Trump and Kim exchanging crude insults and war threats over North Korea's series of nuclear and missile tests.

Washington's announcement that it would review the sanctions and the travel ban is seen as part of its efforts to lead Pyongyang into negotiations amid the North's continued silence about engaging in working-level, senior-level talks with the US. Pyongyang's latest statement threatens to undermine the cooperative spirit South Korean officials have been keenly fostering over the past year. The atomic armory gives the North a trump card against outside pressure and leverage to push for a peace treaty officially ending the Korean War and even the removal of the 28,500 us troops stationed in the South. "We are just asking the United States to put an end to its hostile policies (on North Korea) and remove the unjust sanctions, things it can do even without a snap of a finger". Confirmation of the location, size and use of each site is a key USA demand in the ongoing talks.

The two Koreas plan to hold the ceremony at Panmun Station in the North's border town of Kaesong on December 26, amid concerns that the project could undermine global sanctions imposed on the communist state.

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