Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

N. Korea urges USA to agree to declare end to Korean War

N. Korea urges USA to agree to declare end to Korean War

North Korea's foreign ministry said Pyongyang had stopped nuclear and missile tests, dismantled a nuclear test ground and returned the remains of some USA soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War.

A recent diplomatic thaw culminated in a historic meeting between the North's leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in Singapore in June.

Since the June meeting, Pyongyang has announced measures including halting missile and nuclear tests.

North Korea has condemned the United States for placing fresh sanctions on it and called on the country to respond to its efforts to improve bilateral ties.

In an interview with Voice of America, U.S. Congressman Ted Poe, who chairs the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade in the House of Representatives, said third-party sanctions should be imposed on South Korean companies and added no countries should exempt.

Pyongyang said while it had taken "such practical denuclearization steps as discontinuing nuclear test and ICBM test fire" and "broadminded measures" like the repatriation of US Korean War remains, "the US responded to our expectation by inciting global sanctions and pressure against (North Korea)". "We're going to continue to apply maximum pressure to North Korea until they denuclearize, just as we are to Iran".

The statement cited USA officials who are "going against President Trump" and his intent to advance relations between the two nations, saying that the president has expressed "gratitude to our goodwill measures" implemented as part of the agreement.

US officials have declined to comment on a report on the Vox news website Wednesday saying that North Korea had repeatedly rejected a USA proposal for it to cut its nuclear arsenal by 60 to 70 percent within six to eight months.

South Korea said a total of 35,000 tons of North Korean coal and pig iron worth $5.8 million illegally entered its ports a year ago, in possible violations of United Nations sanctions.

The Korea Customs Service on Thursday said some importers here knew that coal shipments disguised as Russian products really came from North Korea. "It can be a simple declaration like 'There will be no more war on the Korean Peninsula, '" said Cho Seong-ryoul, a senior researcher at the Institute for National Security Strategy.

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.

The tug-of-war between North Korea and the United States continues to escalate.

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.

"Fox & Friends" called North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un "quite the romantic" on Thursday while discussing a story that showed his "softer side".

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