Korea Says it Won't Denuclearize Unless US Removes Threat


North Korea will not relinquish its nuclear weapons until the U.S. eliminates its own "nuclear threat", according to a commentary published by state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

"It is obvious that denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is a joint business that can not be achieved unless both Korea and the United States strive tougher", the commentary states.

When talking about the Korean peninsula, it encompasses not only our republic's territory but also South Korea where the American nuclear weapons and armed forces for invasion are spread out.

"The proper definition of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is completely eliminating the American nuclear threat to North Korea before eliminating our nuclear capability", the commentary says. The atomic armory gives the North a trump card against outside pressure and leverage to push for a peace treaty officially ending the Korean War and even the removal of the 28,500 us troops stationed in the South.

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The United States deployed nuclear weapons in South Korea from 1958 to 1991.

The U.S. special envoy for North Korea said Wednesday that Washington is reviewing easing its travel restrictions to North Korea to facilitate humanitarian shipments as part of efforts to resolve an impasse in nuclear diplomacy. Last year, when the possibility of conflict rose due to heightened tensions, South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo indicated such weapons could be redeployed to the South if the North continued its aggressive threats and nuclear expansion, although the idea never came to pass.

North Korea said Thursday it will never unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons unless the United States first removes what Pyongyang called a nuclear threat.

"The corresponding measures we have asked the United States to take aren't hard for the United States to commit to and carry out". Washington wants these to be inspected and dismantled before it will lift sanctions on Pyongyang, but North Korea insists that sanctions must be lifted first. The leaders are trying to arrange another meeting for early next year.

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But in the almost six months since the Singapore summit meeting, which Mr. Trump heralded with a tweet declaring North Korea "no longer a Nuclear Threat", Pyongyang has continued its production of nuclear fuel and weapons, and steadily improved its missile capabilities.

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issued a joint statement after their historic meeting in Singapore in June that reaffirmed the North's commitment to "work towards complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" and gave US guarantees of security to North Korea. A State Department spokesperson told Newsweek they remain confident the commitments made by Trump and Kim at the Singapore summit will be fulfilled.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, and Kim Yong-chol, a North Korean senior ruling party official and former intelligence chief, in July. "We're in a better place today", he said.

"I understand that many humanitarian aid organizations, operating in the DPRK, are concerned that strict enforcement of worldwide sanctions has occasionally impeded the delivery of legitimate humanitarian assistance to the Korean people", Biegun said, referring to North Korea by its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The aim of the session is to better coordinate the allies' North Korea policy.

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One of the agendas for the meeting was the symbolic groundbreaking ceremony for railway and road connections coming up on December 26th.