White House adviser Bolton urges North Korea to act on denuclearization

John Bolton Says North Korea Hasn't Done Much To Rid Itself Of Nuclear Weapons

The statement accused USA diplomats of 'going against the intention of President Trump' by refusing to lift actions until there is proof of denuclearisation in the hermit state.

North Korea warned Thursday that there could be no progress in its denuclearization as it accused some senior US officials of trying to strengthen worldwide sanctions on Pyongyang.

National security adviser John Bolton earlier this week said North Korea had not begun the progress, while USA envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, said Washington was "not willing to wait for too long" for the North.

Washington has said that sanctions will not be lifted until Pyongyang fully and finally dismantles its nuclear weapons.

North Korea has rejected all of these proposals, considering them "gangster-like", one of the sources said.

SEOUL, South Korea South Korea said a total of 35,000 tons of North Korean coal and pig iron worth $5.8 million illegally entered its ports previous year, in possible violations of United Nations sanctions. Among the agreements was holding another inter-Korean summit in the fall in Pyongyang.

The concessions the USA would offer in exchange - beyond sanctions relief or removing North Korea from the list of state sponsors of terrorism - remain unknown.

Since then, Pyongyang had taken "such practical denuclearization steps" as discontinuing nuclear and ballistic missile tests as well as "broadminded measures" such as returning the remains of Korean War dead, North Korean foreign ministry said.

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Amid a lack of progress on North Korea's denuclearization and recent reports of the country evading sanctions, the United States has stepped up calls for tighter enforcement of the sanctions.

The inter-Korean meeting on Monday will be held at Tongilgak, a North Korean-controlled building in the border village of Panmunjom.

As for the third summit's date - the spokesman said that'll be sketched out after Monday's talks, . commenting that it's too early to discuss the schedule in detail.

It wasn't clear when another inter-Korean summit might happen, but if the April 27 summit agreements between Moon and Kim are followed through on, the leaders will likely meet in Pyongyang in the next couple of months.

A South Korean coach said the "rare opportunity" to play football in the North's capital would be a "great experience" for his players regardless of the end result.

For his part, Pompeo said last week North Korea was "closer" to denuclearization, but that "the ultimate timeline for denuclearization will be set by Chairman Kim, at least in part".

Declaring an end to the war is the "demand of our time" and will be the "first process" toward a peace and security guarantee, the state-run "Rodong Sinmun" newspaper said.

Yesterday, Pyongyang reiterated its own demand for the U.S. to agree to declare a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended with an armistice and not a peace treaty.

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