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DPRK criticizes U.S. policy of maintaining sanctions

  • October 17, 2018
  • , Asahi, Nikkei
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Asahi wrote from Seoul that North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) published a commentary on Tuesday criticizing the United States’ policy of maintaining sanctions on North Korea until it takes concrete steps to denuclearize. The paper speculated that the commentary was intended to apply pressure on Washington and gain the upper hand in working-level denuclearization talks.

 

In a related development, Nikkei wrote from Seoul that it has learned from a source connected to U.S.-DPRK talks that Chairman Kim asked Secretary of States Pompeo during their talks in Pyongyang on Oct. 7 to lift sanctions on the DPRK. The paper projected that Pyongyang will probably continue to call for sanctions to be lifted in its working-level talks with Washington.

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