Trump hails 'possible progress' on talks with N Korea

Trump hails 'possible progress' on talks with N Korea

"It would be a great thing for the world, it would be a great thing for North Korea, it would be a great thing for the peninsula, but we will see what happens", he said in the Oval Office. For the first time in many years, a serious effort is being made by all parties concerned.

Under US law, when a country or leader violates its ban on chemical and biological weapons, an import ban is imposed on its products, but North Korea is already under severe US and United Nations sanctions, and Tuesday s decision will have little impact.

The caution extended by the U.S.is understandable because talks with North Korea over the past three decades have always veered off course and failed.

It's unclear why the announcement was made Tuesday, especially since in the memo Nauret tweeted, it said the USA made the determination on February 22, 2018.

On-again off-again "six-party" talks, grouping the two Koreas, Japan, Russia and the United States and hosted by China, ended in failure in 2009, with North Korea criticising USA aggression. On February 22, the USA determined under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act) that the Government of North Korea used the chemical warfare agent VX to assassinate Kim Jong Nam, in the Kuala Lumpur airport, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said.

Keeping up the pressure, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday it had determined Pyongyang used the chemical warfare agent VX to assassinate Kim Jong Un's half-brother in Malaysia in 2017 and had imposed sanctions in response.

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North Korea in the past has sought the withdrawal of US forces in South Korea and the wider region, effectively meaning an end to the U.S.

The 10-member team from South Korea is in Pyongyang for talks aimed at restarting dialogue between the North, South and the U.S. The agenda of the two-day visit is to establish conditions to restart dialogue that will look at North Korea's nuclear arsenal as well as attempting to end the state of war between the U.S. and Pyongyang. The United States has made it clear that it doesn't want empty talks with North Korea and that all options, including military measures, remain on the table.

South Korea's national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, said Pyongyang was open to discuss getting rid of its nuclear program with the United States in exchange for security guarantees.

After returning from the United States, Chung will visit China and Russian Federation, while Suh Hoon, the head of South Korea's intelligence agency, will head to Japan to brief officials.

This comes as South Korean President Moon Jae-in sent his envoys to Pyongyang for two days this week to meet with Kim, who hosted a welcome dinner for the envoys. He held a news briefing, wrapping up the results of his discussions with the North Korean leader.

China has cautiously welcomed an agreement by North and South Korea to hold a historic summit, urging both sides to "seize the current opportunity" to promote the denuclearisation of the peninsula.

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