USA may lift some sanctions if North Korea halts nuclear programme


Kim Jong Un has been formally named head of state of North Korea and commander-in-chief of the navy in a brand new structure observers mentioned was probably aimed toward making ready for a peace treaty with america.

The US president has often spoken fondly of the North Korean leader despite the lack of progress in negotiations to dismantle the regime's nuclear weapons program. "Their first goal in the talks is to prove to the North that they can trust the US and that Washington wants to do something historic to ensure the hostile intent of both sides is now firmly in the past".

"Misinterpreting North Korea's situation is risky", 38 North's analyst added.

U.S. President Donald Trump walked out of the Hanoi summit after North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un proposed that all sanctions be dropped in exchange for dismantling Yongbyon.

"As the president has said, sanctions will stay on until the final, fully verified denuclearization" of North Korea, the source said.

The US and North Korea are expected to hold their first working-level talks in five months, following up on Mr Trump's historic June 30 meeting with Mr Kim on the border between the two Koreas.

The amendment, which the Yonhap News Agency reported Thursday, gives new legal underpinning to Kim's status as North Korea's "supreme leader" and could help normalize his interactions with other world leaders.

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"(A) freeze, you know, that would never be the resolution of a process.

North Korea's elections and subsequent parliamentary session following the February summit saw major government shuffles that, among other things, included a constitutional revision that meant Kim was not only "supreme leader" but, for the first time, "represents the nation".

Trump and Kim's Hanoi summit collapsed over USA demands for North Korea's complete denuclearization and North Korean insistence on sanctions relief.

The FAS report calls for "not just a policy shift, but a mindset shift", said Sokeel Park, South Korea country director for refugee-support group Liberty in North Korea, who contributed to the report.

Ortagus denied the report, quoting top USA negotiator on North Korea Stephen Biegun as calling it "completely false".

Midafternoon, after Yonhap's story on this "potential offer" had been widely reported by global media without being contested, a denial came from State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus.

"President Xi elaborated on China's principled position on the Peninsula issue during his meeting with President Trump in Osaka", Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a regular press briefing in the Chinese capital.