North Korean coal entered ports illegally - South Korea

North Korean coal entered ports illegally - South Korea

North Korea on Thursday threatened to stall the denuclearization of its missile program if the US continues to abide by an "outdated acting script" amid Washington's calls to enforce sanctions against the regime.

The foreign ministry, which had earlier slammed Washington's "alarming" impatience for denuclearisation, accused the USA of clinging to an "outdated acting script".

The announcement by an official at the South's Unification Ministry, which handles inter-Korean issues for Seoul, comes amid attempts by Washington and Pyongyang to follow through on nuclear disarmament vows made at a summit in June between President Donald Trump and Kim.

Both the South Korean and USA governments said they are closely coordinating on the issue and implementation of sanctions against North Korea amid concerns that South Korean firms' involvement in the North Korean coal imports could hurt Seoul's ties with Washington.

But there was no financial transaction made, which would constitute another violation of the United Nations sanctions, as the companies took coal in return for mediating trade between North Korea and Russia, Roh said.

Washington has said that sanctions will not be lifted until Pyongyang fully and finally dismantles its nuclear weapons.

Two South Korean under-15 teams, FC Gangwon and Yeoncheon Miracle, will compete in the Ari Sports Cup in Pyongyang.

Pyongyang's state media has highlighted it has made goodwill gestures, such as a moratorium on nuclear and missile tests, the dismantling of a nuclear site, and the return of the remains of US soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War.

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South Korea's Presidential spokesman Kim Eui-keum said on Monday Seoul is "asking North Korea to speed up its denuclearization" and asking the United States to "show honest efforts about corresponding measures that North Korea is demanding".

The rival Koreas may try to seek a breakthrough amid what experts see as little progress on nuclear disarmaments between Pyongyang and Washington despite the Singapore summit in June and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's several visits to North Korea.

Wrapping up the 10-month investigation, the Korea Customs Service said that the three local companies brought in a total of 35,038 tons of coal and pig iron from North Korea, worth 6.6 billion won ($5.8 million), in seven separate cases from April to October previous year.

As for the third summit's date - the spokesman said that'll be sketched out after Monday's talks, . commenting that it's too early to discuss the schedule in detail.

When President Moon Jae-in and his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un. first met in April, it was agreed another session will be held in Pyongyang.

It has urged Washington to take reciprocal steps including officially declaring an end to the war and dropping sanctions. "There is a widespread view now that people upstairs will not be happy to hear intelligence reports on North Korea".

Yesterday, Pyongyang reiterated its own demand for the U.S. to agree to declare a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended with an armistice and not a peace treaty.

All civilian communication between the two countries, which remain technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice instead of a peace treaty, is banned unless approved by the governments.

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