Trump, Kim to meet after November election

Trump, Kim to meet after November election

Trump, Kim to meet after November election

In light of Washington's stern attitude, it is virtually inevitable for the South Korean government to face setbacks when it comes to joint economic projects with North Korea.

But even the factories there were closed by South Korea in 2016 after North Korea conducted a nuclear test and launched a long-range missile.

Although a report released by South Korea's central bank showed in July that the North's economy shrank 3.5 percent in 2017 from the previous year, Ri shrugged it off, saying Seoul's calculation is "only an estimation".

A mass for peace on the Korean Peninsula is being held at the Vatican next week.

North Korea's economy grew 3.7 percent in 2017, a professor of a think tank in Pyongyang said in brushing aside the view that the country has faced an economic contraction against a backdrop of global sanctions.

The U.S. and the North remain at odds over how to get rid of the latter's nuclear program.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Kim in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, on Sunday for talks on setting up a second summit with Trump.

Senior diplomats of North Korea, China and Russian Federation have called for "corresponding measures" in response to the North's "practical" denuclearization steps, the North's state media reported Thursday.

Kang backtracked on her remarks after facing criticism from some conservative lawmakers that the sanctions can not be removed unless North Korea first apologised for the attack, a stance adopted by former South Korean governments.

The bishop, Lazarus You Heung-sik of Daejeon, spoke ahead of a meeting next week in the Vatican between Francis and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who will be carrying an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to visit Pyongyang.

The Pyongyang summit was in part created to help revive nuclear talks between the North and the United States, which were on shaky ground after Trump cancelled Pompeo's visit to the North in late August, citing a lack of progress.

South Korea's foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha said Wednesday the government is reviewing whether to lift sanctions imposed on the North in 2010 following a deadly attack on a warship that killed 45 South Korean sailors. This is why many believe the North was really angling for direct negotiations with the U.S. But the nukes could certainly be loaded on smaller missiles that can strike the South.

"By lifting sanctions now, is the South Korean government saying it will dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons or help it keep them?" it said.

Paolo Affatato, the Asia editor for Fides Catholic news agency, said a visit by the pope to North Korea would "provide concrete support for the peace process" on the Korean Peninsula. It reconfirmed the principle that sanctions will not be eased until North Korea takes enough additional measures for denuclearization. Last month's third summit in Pyongyang was partly aimed at salvaging faltering nuclear talks between the North and the United States.

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