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Trump says summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un may be delayed

Trump says summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un may be delayed

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Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump has said there is a "very substantial chance" a historic summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un next month may not happen.He said the North must meet conditions for the summit to go ahead though if it did not, it might happen "later".He was speaking as he received South Korea's President Moon Jae-in at the White House.The North has said it may cancel the summit if the US insists on it giving up nuclear weapons unilaterally.Mr Trump did not say what conditions the US had set for the summit but, asked by a reporter about the North's arsenal, he said "denuclearisation must take place".The 12 June summit is due to take place in Singapore. It follows a summit between the two Kore...
EU gets tough with U.S. on Iran, trade at summit meeting

EU gets tough with U.S. on Iran, trade at summit meeting

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May 18 (UPI) -- European Union members meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria, prepared a united front against U.S. decisions to exit the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and impose steel and aluminum tariffs. The European Commission, the EU executive branch, announced Friday it "launched the formal process to activate the Blocking Statute by updating the list of U.S. sanctions on Iran falling within its scope." The blocking statute, created in 1996 to evade the U.S. embargo of goods to Cuba, will be remodeled to reflect Iran-related sanctions that were reinstated after President Donald Trump announced the U.S. withdrawal from the accord on May 8. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javas Zarif met with his British, French and German counterparts in Brussels earlier this week. "What we demand is no conditi...
N Korea: 'One-sided' demands threaten summit

N Korea: 'One-sided' demands threaten summit

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North Korea has said it has no interest in meeting the US if their summit is based on "one-sided" demands to give up nuclear weapons. First vice foreign minister Kim Kye Gwan said that if the US "corners us and unilaterally demands we give up nuclear weapons we will no longer have an interest in talks and will have to reconsider whether we will accept the upcoming DPRK-US summit".The US-North Korea summit, a historic meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un, is scheduled for 12 June in Singapore.But it now looks to be under threat, with North Korea apparently losing its patience.On Tuesday night, the North announced it was scrapping high-level talks with South Korea, blaming the South's military drills with the US, which began a few days ago.T...
North Korea says US ruining mood of detente ahead of summit

North Korea says US ruining mood of detente ahead of summit

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With just weeks to go before President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are expected to hold their first-ever summit, Pyongyang on Sunday criticized what it called "misleading" claims that Trump's policy of maximum political pressure and sanctions are what drove the North to the negotiating table. The North's official news agency quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesman warning the claims are a "dangerous attempt" to ruin a budding detente on the Korean Peninsula after Kim's summit late last month with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. At the summit, Kim agreed to a number of measures aimed at improving North-South ties and indicated he is willing to discuss the denuclearization of the peninsula, though exactly what that would entail and what conditions the North might requir...
Economists, business owners hopeful after inter-Korean summit

Economists, business owners hopeful after inter-Korean summit

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SEOUL, April 29 (UPI) -- South Korean economist have cast rosy prospects for the future, after the two Koreas reached a landmark agreement on Friday to pursue the full denucearization of the Korean Peninsula, an end to war, and improved relations between the two sides.A survey conducted by Maeil Business Daily on 50 economy and business experts found 82 percent viewed the inter-Korean summit positively. Nearly half of them said the results were good, and 36 percent said the results were "Very good." Only three experts were disappointed with the outcome of the summit.While the two Koreas agreed to cooperate for the peaceful and prosperous co-existence of the South and North, through easing military tensions and various government and civilian exchanges, the agreement did not include economi...