Hand in hand, Koreas seek to end UNESCO wrestling

Hand in hand, Koreas seek to end UNESCO wrestling

Hand in hand, Koreas seek to end UNESCO wrestling

November 25, 2018 (EIRNS)-At the request of the South Korean government, the UN Security Council and its sanctions committee have granted a sanctions waiver to a joint survey by North and South Korea on the reconnection of their railways, according to diplomatic sources cited by South Korean Yonhap news agency. -North Korea dialogue would resume once the UN Security Council gave South Korea the green light last week to survey sections of the North's railroads that are to be repaired and connected with the South.

"Our government has stood by the principle of honoring the sanctions regime and working closely with the global community as we conduct key inter-Korean projects". However, North Korea believe that you first need to remove the sanctions and to formalize the end of the Korean war of 1950-1953.

North Korea has yet to take credible action to dismantle its weapons programs despite Kim pledging in a historic meeting with Trump in June in Singapore to work toward "complete" denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

"For the inspections, a South Korean train and research team will be moving up North".

The US has wound back its joint military exercises with South Korea, and North Korea has halted all missile and nuclear testing. "It suggests the U.S.is looking for low-priced ways to get progress on dismantling North Korean nuclear weapons".

Seoul said the survey was purely aimed at gathering information on the current state of the North's rail system. Speaking at the UN, Trump belligerently warned that North Korea faced "total destruction" if it threatened the United States.

The purchase comes amid improved relations between South Korean president Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-Un's regime in North Korea.

Following the weekend announcement of a United Nations sanctions exemption, shares in South Korean companies linked to rail construction increased sharply-Korea Engineering Consultants and Yooshin Engineering by 30 percent.

Despite apparent flexibility on sanctions, the US remains guarded.

Negotiations over denuclearization hit an impasse when North Korea abruptly called off a meeting planned with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the last minute early this month.

Meanwhile, the White House said Tuesday that U.S. President Donald Trump will meet Moon on the sidelines of a Group of 20 summit in Argentina this week.

"The US is trying to draw concessions from us in talks and even to accomplish a wicked anti-republic plot", the Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North's ruling party, said in a commentary.

The chemicals to control pine tree diseases are not subject to UNSC sanctions on the North, it said.

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