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North Korea: US is making 'gangster-like' demands on denuclearisation

North Korea: US is making 'gangster-like' demands on denuclearisation

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North Korea has accused the US of using "gangster-like" tactics to push it towards nuclear disarmament after a fresh round of high-level talks. It branded the US attitude at the meeting as "extremely troubling".The statement, by an unnamed foreign ministry official, gave a starkly different account from one provided by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just hours before.He had said progress was made during his two-day visit to Pyongyang.It is the first time he has visited North Korea since a summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Singapore.The leader's meeting ended with a promise from Mr Kim to work towards denuclearisation, but details on how this will be achieved remain thin.A key aim of Mr Pompeo during his visit was ...
Pompeo has 'good' meeting with top North Korean official

Pompeo has 'good' meeting with top North Korean official

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Senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol and US secretary of state Mike Pompeo have had a "good" meeting in New York. The rare visit comes ahead of the potential summit between the leaders of the two countries next month.The White House has said the on-off meeting on 12 June in Singapore is "expected" to take place still, despite some jitters. Image: The officials will meet again on Thursday US officials have said early meetings preparing for the America-North Korea summit have been positive.Mr Pompeo tweeted a few hours after Mr Kim landed in the city: "Good working dinner with Kim Yong Chol in New York tonight. Steak, corn, and cheese on the menu.":: Trump's summit cancellation could help give peace a chance ...
North Korea's Kim Jong-un 'set on Trump summit'

North Korea's Kim Jong-un 'set on Trump summit'

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Media playback is unsupported on your device It is North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's "fixed will" that a summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore should go ahead, state media say.This followed a surprise meeting on Saturday between Mr Kim and the South's Moon Jae-in, who said the North was "committed to denuclearisation".Mr Trump had cancelled the 12 June summit, citing the North's "hostility".But on Saturday he said that the date "hasn't changed" and that things were "moving along very nicely".The summit would be the culmination of diplomatic efforts that began this year to try to defuse what had threatened to become a military confrontation between the nuclear-armed communist North and the South and its US ally.What came out of Sat...
Analysts: Site demolition no guarantee of North Korea denuclearization

Analysts: Site demolition no guarantee of North Korea denuclearization

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NEW YORK, May 23 (UPI) -- North Korea's dismantlement of its nuclear site in Punggye-ri is symbolic, but ultimately does not guarantee the regime will end nuclear testing or comply with U.S. calls for denuclearization, U.S. and South Korean analysts say. Frank Aum, a senior North Korea expert at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, told UPI in a recent phone interview North Korea's demolition event, scheduled for Thursday, leaves options open for Pyongyang. "By closing down that test site, it doesn't prevent North Korea from conducting additional tests because there are other tunnels and pristine rock within that mountain complex that are still usable for tests," Aum said. But Aum, a former senior advisor on North Korea at the Pentagon, said the offer to dismantle the site...
Upstream efforts put North Sea find closer to production

Upstream efforts put North Sea find closer to production

Business
May 23 (UPI) -- A rig contract to explore parts of a North Sea discovery could put it one step closer to production at the start of the decade, an oil and gas company said. Faroe Petroleum said it contracted rig company Transocean to use its Transocean Arctic rig for exploration work on the eastern section of the Brasse field, which was discovered two years ago. If the well is successful, the company said it could net another 30 million barrels of oil equivalent. "The Brasse development program continues apace as we work towards concept selection by year end," CEO Graham Stewart said in a statement. "If successful the Brasse east well could contribute significant additional hydrocarbons, thereby potentially adding further value to this attractive flagship development project." Earlier es...