U.S. Extends Sanctions Against North Korea, Citing 'Extraordinary Threat'

U.S. Extends Sanctions Against North Korea, Citing 'Extraordinary Threat'

U.S. Extends Sanctions Against North Korea, Citing 'Extraordinary Threat'

The document said North Korea will commit to working towards denuclearization but offers few details about how that will be accomplished. It is separate from USA sanctions related to North Korean human rights abuses and a long list of worldwide penalties imposed over Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile testing. "We owe a profound debt of gratitude to USA service members who gave their lives in service to their country and we are working diligently to bring them home". "Detailed negotiations have not begun", he said. "I wouldn't expect that at this point". There also was no immediate response from the White House.

U.S. Forces Korea spokesman Colonel Chad Carrol said 150 metal transfer cases that will be used to send the remains home were shipped to a U.S. air base near Seoul.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un walk together before their working lunch during their summit at the Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa, Singapore June 12, 2018. But he said the vast majority have yet to be located and retrieved from various cemeteries and battlefields across the countryside.

But North Korea has yet to clarify its interpretation of denuclearisation in the region. "Maybe you don't", he said.

After almost five hours of unprecedented talks between Trump and Kim, the two leaders signed a document in which Kim "reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" and the U.S. agreed to "provide security guarantees".

Many observers were disappointed that the short statement of intent signed by the two leaders did not more clearly define denuclearization, fearing Kim plans to keep his hard-won deterrent.

Abraham Denmark of the Wilson Centre warned a congressional hearing: "Considering North Korea's repeated history of violating past agreements, there is little reason to trust them this time".

But the declaration sent to Congress on Friday struck a different note as it explained why the administration would keep in place tough economic restrictions first imposed by former president George W. Bush.

"That's OK. That's OK".

Trump lavished praise on Kim, which critics said downplayed the dictator's poor human rights record and lent him undeserved legitimacy on the world stage.

On Thursday, in remarks at a Cabinet meeting, Trump modified his claim, saying, "They've already sent back or are in the process of sending back the remains of our great heroes who died in North Korea during the war".

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