Pyongyang plans to abolish all nuclear weapons, says South Korea’s Moon

Pyongyang plans to abolish all nuclear weapons, says South Korea’s Moon

Pyongyang plans to abolish all nuclear weapons, says South Korea’s Moon

"Today's friendly match will be a display of top basketball skills and the great sportsmanship of all the players from both of our countries", Kim Il Guk, the North Korean minister of sports, said before the game began. South Korean President Moon Jae-in will have an audience with the Pope during a visit to the Vatican from October 17 to 18.

A move by South Korea to lift its unilateral sanctions would have little immediate effect since US -led global sanctions remain in place.

During an annual parliamentary audit on Wednesday, an opposition party lawmaker asked Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha if Pompeo had complained about the agreement during a phone call reported earlier by Japan's Nikkei newspaper. An American official who accompanied Pompeo said the North Korea trip was 'better than the last time, ' referring to the secretary's trip there in July, according to a State Department pool report.

The ministry says the resumption of water supply does not violate worldwide sanctions against the North over its nuclear weapons and missile program.

Washington has shied away from a formal announcement that the 1950-53 conflict, when hostilities ceased with an armistice rather than a peace treaty, has ended, saying that the North must first take more steps towards giving up its atomic arsenal.

The US President Donald trump said that his second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-UN will be held after Congressional elections on 6 November.

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The United States openly sent a warning after South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said that the Seoul government was reviewing the possibility to lift the sanctions imposed against Pyongyang following its torpedo attack on a South Korean corvette that killed 46 sailors on board in 2010. "The government will have to ask for the understanding of the families of the Cheonan victims".

The President though did not specify whether any of the places under consideration are in the US.

He cited Kim's invitation to have inspectors visit the already dismantled Punggye-ri test facility, the site of all six of the regime's nuclear blasts.

President Moon has vowed to honour the United Nations sanctions, but Seoul opened a joint liaison office in the North Korean border city of Kaesong last month and has promised to pursue roads and rail projects between the two countries. Seoul's Unification Ministry said Tuesday that water being supplied to the office is being provided to the town's residents as well. He said the resumption of the water supply does not violate sanctions.

The two Koreas agreed in that accord to halt military drills, set up a no-fly zone near the border and gradually remove landmines and guard posts within the demilitarised zone, among other steps.

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