Published: Mon, October 01, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

North Korea Gifts Hunting Dogs To South Korea President Moon Jae

North Korea Gifts Hunting Dogs To South Korea President Moon Jae

President Donald Trump told a cheering crowd at a campaign rally that there was once tough talk "back and forth" between him and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "and then we fell in love".

Speaking to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Ri Yong-ho said his country's commitment to denuclearization is firm but that it needs to see trust-building measures from the US.

"Without any trust in the USA, there will be no confidence in our national security and, under such circumstances, there is no way we will unilaterally disarm ourselves first", the foreign minister said Saturday. Kim has also promised to accept worldwide inspectors to monitor the closing of a key missile test site and launch pad.

Last August, after USA media reported Pyongyang had successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead to fit into a missile, Trump warned Pyongyang not to threaten the United States or it would face "fire and fury like the world has never seen". On the contrary, Ri said, the United States is increasing pressure and sanctions.

Ri expressed a "firm determination to turn the Korean Peninsula into a land of peace" but said the US -backed sanctions were a "hostile policy".

"Without any trust in the USA, there will be no confidence in our national security and under such circumstances, there is no way we will unilaterally disarm ourselves first".

Moon and Kim held their third meeting this year in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang in mid-September, when Kim proposed the idea of the canine presents, the South Korean presidential Blue House said in a statement on Sunday.

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Despite the muscular tone, Ri's high-profile speech was downright mild and balanced compared to the florid vows of nuclear strikes and claims of United States perfidiousness that have been typical fare from the country's propaganda services.

Sceptics of Kim's motivations worry that the U.S. might withdraw troops from South Korea and that United Nations sanctions could be lifted if the war is declared over.

Last year, the Security Council unanimously adopted multiple sanctions resolutions in response to North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile tests to choke off sources of revenue for the regime. It is designated as a North Korean "natural monument" animal.

Kim committed to work toward "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula in exchange for security guarantees from the US. "The Korean Peninsula, the hottest spot in the globe, will become the cradle of peace and prosperity".

Mr Trump was likely referring to the letters he received from Mr Kim that his White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders described at the time as "a very warm, very positive letter."

Trump and Kim signed a peace agreement when they met in Singapore in June, but the terms of the accord were vague and lacking substance.

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