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The U.S. is considering suspending some sanctions on North Korea for 12 to 18 months in exchange for a freeze on the country’s nuclear weapons program the Yonhap News Agency Xi urged Trump to ease N. Korea sanctions – Beijing
Steven Clarke | 13 July, 2019, 05:09

The Trump administration has dismissed a New York Times report that said an idea was taking shape among usa officials to seek to negotiate a nuclear freeze by North Korea, rather than its complete denuclearisation, thereby tacitly accepting it as a nuclear state.

The U.S. -led United Nations forces had fought alongside South Korea against a North Korean invasion supported by China and the Soviet Union. -North Korea summit in June 2018, Trump promised to provide security guarantees to Pyongyang, while Kim committed to the "complete" denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. North Korea's founder and the current leader's grandfather, Kim Il Sung, was posthumously named the country's eternal president.

A similar report emerged Thursday in South Korea's Yonhap News Agency, citing a source close to the White House's talks with Pyongyang.

Yonhap quotes its source as saying that "the White House, when working-level talks begin, wants to set the conditions whereby they can begin the process of North Korea's denuclearization", and that the potential deal is important "as it allows the USA and the North to test their intentions and build trust, but in a way that furthers denuclearization and sanctions relief". In exchange, leader Kim Jong Un would be expected to dismantle his main nuclear complex at Yongbyon and halt his entire weapons program, the news agency from South Korea said.

On Friday, an influential Tokyo-based pro-DPRK outlet said the US would need to take "sincere measures" to build trust between the two countries.

The two leaders promised to seek denuclearization in exchange for security and sanctions relief and made some good faith measures, but both sides expressed frustration with the slow pace of progress in the following months. "That would never be the end of a process", State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus told a regular news briefing.

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The two sides have yet to even agree a common definition of denuclearisation, which North Korea has taken to include the USA nuclear umbrella protecting Japan and South Korea.

The Hwasong-14, another North Korean ICBM tested in mid-2017, was also mentioned in the report, and said to be capable of reaching "most" of the United States mainland, given its 10,000km+ (6250 mile) range.

North Korea has been seeking concessions such as sanctions relief in exchange for steps it takes toward dismantling its nuclear capabilities, while the United States has continued to hold onto a "maximum pressure" strategy that calls for complete denuclearization first.

"You have a man that was so happy to see me".

Kim Jong Un took things even further when Trump entered the White House, testing intercontinental ballistic missiles and another nuclear bomb estimated to be more powerful than all previous ones combined.

"That's a good thing, not a bad thing", Trump said of Kim's positive reception.

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