Pompeo: Some US Korean War Remains to Come Home Soon

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"The positive change on the Korean peninsula is now obvious", said the ambassador, Alexander Matsegora, according to the RIA news agency, adding that Russian Federation was ready to help modernise North Korea's energy system if sanctions were lifted and if Pyongyang can find funding for the modernisation. That meeting did not materialize. Trump said that Putin would be involved "in the sense that he is with us". "We will be ready".

South Korean authorities have opened an investigation into a United Nations panel's finding that North Korea transhipped over 9,000 tons of coal, disguised as Russian exports, to South Korean ports in Incheon and Pohang, North Gyeongsang, last October.

An editorial in the official state newspaper of the North Korean ruling party, Rodong Sinmun, argued that South Korea has been exaggerating its role in denuclearization talks between Pyongyang and Washington. We think in the next couple of weeks we'll have the first remains returned.

The inter-Korean railway cooperation is being done to implement the Panmunjom Declaration, which was signed by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the inter-Korean summit in Panmunjom at the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) on April 27.

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"A major topic of discussion was North Korea and the need for it to remove its nuclear weapons".

"What was supposed to be the easiest item on the United States-North Korea negotiations agenda - the return of Korean War soldiers' remains - is proving to be yet another sticking point", said Mark Fitzpatrick of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. There is no rush, the sanctions remain!

The preliminary details emerged after USA and North Korean officials held working-level talks Monday in the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone.

Kim said he discussed the matter with the vice president of the Presidium of North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly, Kim Yong Dae.

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Although the Trump administration formerly called for an immediate denuclearization of North Korea, Trump and administration officials in recent months have backed off that demand.

Gross domestic product in North Korea last year contracted 3.5% from the previous year, marking the biggest contraction since a 6.5% drop in 1997 when the isolated nation was going through a devastating starvation, the Bank of Korea said.

"The North Koreans reaffirmed their commitment to denuclearise". However, they said that dialogue was contingent on the condition that North Korea give up its nuclear weapons.

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