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United States mulls sanctions relief for N. Korea nuclear freeze - Yonhap

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Deanna Wagner | 13 July, 2019, 05:10

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 reported Thursday.

The sanctions suspension could help build trust between the two long-time foes and provide a model that could be expanded as North Korea takes further disarmament steps, Yonhap said, citing the person close to the White House.

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. North Korea's founder and the current leader's grandfather, Kim Il Sung, was posthumously named the country's eternal president.

Trump said after his meeting that both sides would set up teams to push forward stalled talks aimed at getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, said they would likely happen "sometime in July. probably in the next two or three weeks".

The US and the other countries asserted that the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea, or DPRK, violated United Nations sanctions by importing far more than the annual limit of 500,000 barrels of refined petroleum products, which are key for its economy.

The paper blamed USA working-level negotiators for the summit breakdown and emphasized that they should come forward with the right method with the right attitude in light of the changed mood demonstrated by their leader's recent handshake, to which the North will take corresponding goodwill steps. Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said on Tuesday "the contacts and the discussions are ongoing" with North Korea but offered no details.

"So while we don't preview any sort of sanctions from the podium, whether it's adding new ones or taking them away, I will say that I did actually speak to [White House North Korea envoy] Steve Biegun about that, and he categorically denied that".

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"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.

Speaking to reporters outside the White House, Trump said that Kim "was so happy to see me" during his hastily-arranged visit to the demilitarized zone with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

During working-level talks ahead of the failed summit in February, the United States and North Korea, which have no diplomatic relations, had broadly agreed to take steps to improve bilateral ties and establish permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula, such as opening a USA liaison office in Pyongyang.

Trump has repeatedly hailed the testing freeze as a sign of progress and did so again on Friday, also referring again to his personal chemistry with Kim Jong Un.

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

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