With Second Summit Looming, North Korea Urges US Actions, End to Sanctions

CNS News | 2/5/2019 | Staff
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(CNSNews.com) – As the U.S. envoy for North Korea holds talks along the DMZ Tuesday to prepare for a second summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un in the coming weeks, regime media outlets repeated calls for the U.S. to take “practical” actions in response to steps already taken by Pyongyang.

The outlets said that if the U.S. takes credible, corresponding actions following North Korea’s “proactive, prior efforts,” then the relationship will progress speedily.

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If, however, the U.S. pursues a policy of sanctions and pressure against the ruling communist party, then the regime – as the North Korean dictator warned in a New Year message last month – may be compelled to find a “new way” to defend its sovereignty and achieve peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.

A commentary on the propaganda channel Uriminzokkiri said the regime has already taken clear steps that deserve a response.

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“We have already proclaimed that we will no longer make or test nuclear weapons, nor use or proliferate them, and have taken a number of practical measures,” such as shutting down the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, it said.

The regime said those steps were not “a temporary measure,” but were taken as “a strategic decision to establish a permanent and well-established peace regime in the Korean peninsula.”

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“The United States should demonstrate its willingness to resolve problems and trust by respecting and acknowledging our pragmatic and preemptive endeavors, and acting in a corresponding practical action.”

Exactly what steps Pyongyang is hoping for was not stated, but the Trump administration’s position remains that sanctions will remain in force until North Korea has denuclearized in a complete and verifiable manner.

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Alluding to that stance last week, U.S. envoy to North Korea Stephen Biegun during a speech at Stanford University envisaged what he called a “perfect outcome moment – where the last...
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