No indication North Korean nuclear activities stopped: IAEA

Glen Norman
August 24, 2018

They reunited with about 180 North Korean family members at Kumgangsan Resort on the eastern coast of North Korea at 3 p.m., a South Korean pool report said.

Dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme and verifying it would be a large and complex task.

The president repeated the claim in an interview with Reuters published Monday, "I stopped [North Korea's] nuclear testing". "I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be". More than 85 percent of the surviving applicants are in their 70s or older. Between August 24 and 26, 83 North Koreans will meet with their Southern relatives.

They are due to spend three days in North Korea but only be with their relatives for a few hours each day - in total, only 11 hours.

According to pool reports, some of the elderly in wheelchairs were supported by family members as they boarded the buses.

A North Korean official intervened, telling the South Korean official, "She's just trying to show it to her family; leave her alone". She later fled south with her mother, who did not survive the trip. Trump has said the United States will issue another round of tougher sanctions in November that will target Iran's oil sales and banking sector.

The joint teams come after North and South Koreans combined in women's ice hockey at this year's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, an event that set the stage for a surge of rapprochement.

Organisations like the Inter-Korea Separated Family Association or the Korea Red Cross have in the past organised virtual reunions as well as face-to-face.

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday that of "the great challenges" facing Israel and the U.S., "the Iran nuclear weapons program, the ballistic missile programs are right at the top of the list". The president did not elaborate on the other steps North Korea has taken.

The President of the United States Donald trump explained why meeting with the leaders of other States, including North Korean dictator Kim Jong-UN and implementing a policy of aggression against neighboring countries by President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

Kim Jong Un and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in agreed at their summit in April to push to declare an official end to the 1950-53 Korean War together with the United States. This is the goal of Seoul, reported today by the Ministry of Unification.

On August 18, U.S. President Donald Trump published a Tweet in which he wrote "All of the fools that are so focused on looking only at Russian Federation should start also looking in another direction, China".

North Korea is reluctant to accept calls for more reunions.

"Analysts say it sees the reunions as an important bargaining chip and believes more reunions would give its people a better awareness of the outside world", the news service writes.

South Korea has also taken an active role in trying to broker talks between Pyongyang and Washington.

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