North Korea: Denuclearization pledge not result of US-led sanctions

Korean Unification Flag signed at International Tennis tournament

At Moon's summit last month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, both sides agreed to work towards denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

President Trump and North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un are expected to disuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The spokesperson said that Washington is misleading public opinion that the North's commitment to denuclearization stated in the Panmunjeom Declaration was the results of the USA sanctions and pressure.

Moon also said that Kim does not view the removal of US troops from South Korea as a precondition of him removing nuclear weapons from the peninsula.

The North Korean Foreign Ministry has warned the United States against provoking Pyongyang while the current thaw in ties between the two Koreas shows signs of progress.

Impoverished North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a mere truce, not a treaty.

North Korea has criticized the USA and Japan for using pressure to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Still, the fate of the Americans remains unclear.

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JCPOA sets up limits on Iranian nuclear actions in exchange for the suspension of financial sanctions against Iran by the West. Israel responded by destroying 1/3 to 1/2 of Syria's surface-to-air missile batteries and further struck four Iranian bases.

South Korean police took action Saturday to prevent defectors from launching balloons filled with leaflets critical of the Kim regime into the North, an act Pyongyang has described as an "act of war".

The White House, meanwhile, has announced a separate meeting between Mr. Trump and Moon at the White House on May 22 to "continue their close coordination on developments regarding the Korean Peninsula".

In Panmunjom, Kim had said he found it a "painful wrench" to see clocks at the summit venue showing different times for the two neighbours, KCNA reported earlier. Kim said that although "the nuclear button is on my office desk all the time", and his missiles could target all of America, he now wanted to stress "the building of a prosperous country" and a diplomatic outreach to South Korea.

"Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea last week".

Trump also told reporters on Friday that he was not considering reducing the United States military's presence in South Korea as part of the negotiations.

In a joint declaration after the talks, the two leaders officially inaugurated a document formally called the "Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification on the Korean Peninsula". It is this historical background that makes Trump's seemingly spontaneous decision on March 8 to meet Kim so astonishing - it reverses decades of American policy.

Giuliani also said after the speech, "the less said about it right now, the better. but we could have three people released", when asked what he anticipates happening with North Korea.

But the North's statement on Sunday seemed to be aimed at strengthening Kim's position going into his meeting with Mr. Trump.

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