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North Korea denuclearization in a year not likely: US intelligence chief

23 Juillet 2018

The Rich Glory was headed toward Jiangyin in eastern China's Jiangsu Province from Jeju Island.

The UN also has asset freezes and travel bans on designated individuals and entities and mandated that all North Koreans working overseas must return home by late 2019.

Inter-Korean trade collapsed 99.7 per cent on-year to a mere $900,000 after the South shut down the joint Kaesong industrial complex in the North amid tensions over the North's nuclear and missile development.

A United Nations sanctions resolution adopted last year set ceilings for North Korea of four million barrels of crude oil per year and 500,000 barrels of refined oil products.

"The UN Security Council is united on the need for final, fully verified denuclearisation of North Korea as agreed to by Chairman Kim". The Sky Angel changed its registration from Panama to Vanuatu in April this year. Months later, China, the North's most important trading partner, announced it would suspend imports of North Korean coal.

Pyongyang claims they were abducted by South Korean authorities. More recently, they went through inspections at Japanese ports without a hitch. The BOK's annual report on the North Korean economy is based on information gathered by South Korea's spy agency and other authorities closely studying the North. Pyongyang does not release its own official GDP data. "It is the duty and responsibility of the government of the Republic of Korea to investigate". Seoul's Unification Ministry said it has no comment on the North's denouncement.

Even the North's return to the United States of the remains of American soldiers killed in the Korean War (1950-53), described as "immediate" on June 12, appears more complicated - with Pompeo now saying it may take place in "the next couple of weeks".

 The United States on Friday welcomed the U.N. Security Council's united support for the fully verified denuclearization of North Korea and pressed China and Russian Federation to strictly enforce U.N. sanctions to get Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

The details of the Trump administration's internal takes on the negotiations with the isolationist state which has taken a pro-rapprochement stand this year were known from talks with officials of the White House, US State Department and others who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the Washington Post report said.

Haley, speaking alongside U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, reiterated that the U.S. had proposed the complete ban on exporting petroleum products to North Korea as the STS transfers would have exceeded the annual cap for such products established under UNSC Resolution 2397. "Along with the investigation, appropriate measures will be reviewed".

He also explained why the Sky Angel and Rich Glory were not detained like the other three vessels now under South Korean authorities.

These transfers continue to occur, he said.

Unable to secure an agreement on remains during his trip, Pompeo scheduled a meeting between the North Koreans and their Pentagon counterparts to discuss the issue at the demilitarised zone on July 12. Only the Opposition Party, which includes the Fake News, is complaining. "There are two things that have to be made clear. And so until that action happens, the Security Council is going to hold tight".

After meeting some of the women earlier this month, Tomas Ojea Quintana, the United Nations' independent investigator on human rights in North Korea, told reporters in Seoul that they told him they did not know they were heading to South Korea when they departed China.

North Korea denuclearization in a year not likely: US intelligence chief