Despite Washington’s claims that the U.S.
and North Korea are continuing to work together…
North Korea seems to be heading in the opposite
direction….rebuffing demands made by the
U.S. in regards to denuclearization.
Park Hee-jun has the details.
North Korea appears to be blocking Washington’s
demands for its full and verifiable denuclearization.
Citing senior diplomatic sources, CNN reported
over the weekend that the U.S. has made a
series of proposals on denuclearization to
According to the sources,… those include
“specific proposals,” including a timeline.
But North Korea rebuffed all of them,… labeling
One of the proposals is believed to include
the latest made by the Trump administration
on the transfer of nuclear warheads.
According to American news website Vox,…
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggested
handing over 60 to 70 percent of its nuclear
arsenal,… and having them secured by the
U.S. or a third country within eight months.
In return, the U.S. would lift economic sanctions
and remove North Korea from its list of state
sponsors of terrorism.
However, that proposal is reported to have
been rejected by Kim Yong-chol, vice chairman
of the Workers’ Party of Korea.
Despite the standoff,… the U.S. State Department
says Washington will act quickly for progress
on its nuclear negotiations with the regime.
A State Department spokesperson said the U.S.
believes positive momentum is building,…
and despite recent remarks made by Pyongyang
stating otherwise,… the U.S. trusts North
Korea will fulfill the promises it made during
the Singapore summit in June.
Park Hee-jun, Arirang News.