North Korea demands concession from USA before it will disarm

North Korea demands concession from USA before it will disarm

Kerry Wise
October 1, 2018

"That was a big, big problem", Trump told the crowd. "No really. He wrote me lovely letters, and they're great letters".

"And then we fell in love", Trump said. "And they're great letters".

After meeting with Kim in North Korea this month, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea urged the United States to declare an end to the war as an incentive for the North to denuclearize.

"If the party to this issue of denuclearization were South Korea and not the US the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula would not have come to such a deadlock", Ri added. Trump tried to impersonate Feinstein while implying she was lying when she said her office did not leak the confidential letter Kavanaugh's primary accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, had written to her congressperson about the assault earlier this year.

He then added: "I didn't give up anything".

But on Saturday, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho blamed USA sanctions for the lack of progress since then.

North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho on Saturday, September 29, told the United Nations there was "no way" that his country would disarm first as long as the U.S. to push for tough enforcement of sanctions against Pyongyang.

Last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he would return to Pyongyang in October to prepare for a follow-up Trump-Kim summit.

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By contrast, Trump in his remarks to the assembly on Tuesday, thanked Kim "for his courage and for the steps he has taken".

While Trump hinted at the possibility of a second meeting between the two leaders, North Korean officials aren't quite so positive.

The number of North Korean defectors to South Korea has fallen since Kim Jong-un came to power seven years ago, a South Korean lawmaker has said.

Ri said it was a "pipe dream" that continued sanctions and United States objection to a declaration to formally end the Korean war would ever bring the North to its knees.

The leaders shook hands at least nine times during the summit, with Mr Trump describing the North Korean dictator as "very talented".

"Without any trust in the USA, there will be no confidence in our national security, and under such circumstances there is no way we will unilaterally disarm ourselves first", Ri Yong Ho told the U.N. General Assembly.

Pyongyang has repeatedly appealed for United Nations and U.S. sanctions to be lifted and has support from Russian Federation and China.