N. Korea renews demand for sanctions relief before 2nd summit with U.S.

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North Korea's main newspaper on Wednesday called for sanctions relief ahead of a second summit between leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump, saying that bilateral relations cannot improve without trust-building efforts.

"Improvement in relations and sanctions cannot go side by side," the Rodong Sinmun, the organ of the North's ruling party, said in a commentary.
If the basis of improvement in relations is respect and trust, then it can be said that the basis of sanctions is hostility and confrontation," it added.

The paper blamed Washington's adherence to its policy of no sanctions relief until the North's denuclearization for causing an almost half-year stalemate in talks between the two countries, saying sanctions would not produce their intended results no matter how long they remain in place.

"Without outside support and help from anybody, our country can move forward with our own power and efforts," the paper said.
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#BREAKING US envoy on N.Korea: 'No discussion' of removing US troops from S.Korea https://t.co/Fz1miHn7dV

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U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun called for Pyongyang to provide a comprehensive declaration of its nuclear and missile programs and warned that the United States has "contingencies" if the diplomatic process failed.
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North Korea has agreed to hand over a list of its still-unknown uranium and plutonium enrichment facilities inside the country, as its leader Kim Jong-un promised to dismantle all of its such facilities, not just the regime's well-known Yongbyon site, a top U.S. nuclear envoy said, early Friday (KST).

Stephen Biegun, the special representative for North Korea, said in a speech at Stanford University in California that the North has "committed to the dismantlement and destruction" of all its uranium and plutonium enrichment facilities both to U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and to leaders in Seoul.

The Korea Times reported that Washington wants North Korea to provide a list of its uranium enrichment facilities as a key prerequisite in exchange for possible easing of economic sanctions.

"In describing to us their commitment to dismantle and destroy plutonium and uranium enrichment facilities, the North Koreans also added the critical words and more. This is essential as there is more, much more," Biegun said during his speech.

"This complex of sites extending beyond Yongbyon represents the totality of the North Korean plutonium reprocessing and uranium enrichment programs," the envoy said, adding North Korea wants Washington to take "corresponding measures," which he will discuss with North Korean officials in upcoming talks.

The U.S. representative stressed Washington will not lift its sanctions placed on North Korea until denuclearization is complete. According to him, there was no "detailed or shared agreement on the definition of what denuclearization entails."

"Our view is that it entails the elimination of totality of weapons of mass destruction programs in North Korea," he said, assuring that the United States will not invade North Korea.

The "no invasion" initiative is understood by many in Seoul that the United States won't seek regime change in North Korea by providing it security guarantees.

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North Korea's main newspaper lashed out at South Korea on Wednesday for raising cross-border tensions, taking issue with a top military officer's recent morale-boosting troop visits.

The Rodong Sinmun, the organ of the North's ruling party, said that such a move "runs counter to dialogue and peace, the flow of the times," referring to Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Park Han-ki's visits to troops in time for the Lunar New Year's holiday last week.
It also repeated its criticisms of South Korea's recently announced defense budget increase and plan to introduce stealth jets from the United States in late March, calling them "dangerous military actions."

"Such South Korean military's belligerent behavior does not fit with the Panmunjom, September Pyongyang declarations and North-South Korea military agreements," it added, citing the two Koreas' summit agreements signed last year.

"Military provocations that could pose challenges to the trend toward dialogue and peace should never be tolerated," it said.

North Korea has intensified its call for South Korea to stop military drills, while also taking issue with its military budget increase and plan to bring in stealth fighter jets from the U.S.

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