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Pompeo, Haley step up pressure to support Trump's talks on North Korea

24 July 2018

After meeting some of the women earlier this month, Tomas Ojea Quintana, the United Nations' independent investigator on human rights in North Korea, told reporters in Seoul that they told him they did not know they were heading to South Korea when they departed China. Pompeo also warned that the prospects for denuclearization would be diminished without them.

North Korea continues to evade worldwide sanctions on petroleum exports, mainly through illegal ship-to-ship transfers, thus undermining denuclearization efforts, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday.

Asked if Russia is reneging on a promise made by Russian President Putin in Helsinki that he would help on North Korea, Pompeo said, "Enforcement of sanctions is a continuing process, there are many places where the Russians have been helpful. and we are deeply appreciative of that".

South Korean President Moon Jae-In urged both Trump and Kim to hold direct talks, South Korea's.

North Korea committed to work towards denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in return for security guarantees from the United States.

"Strict enforcement of sanctions is critical to our achieving this goal", Pompeo told reporters after a series of quick meetings Friday at the United Nations in NY.

Pyongyang for decades has been pushing a concept of "denuclearization" that bears no resemblance to the American definition, vowing to pursue nuclear development unless Washington removes its 28,500 troops from South Korea and the nuclear umbrella defending South Korea and Japan. It also requires countries using North Korean laborers to send them back no later than 24 months from the adoption of the resolution.

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"If we want to see success, we have to see a response from Chairman Kim and we have to continue to hold the line until that happens."Russia's Deputy U.N. Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy told Reuters there was no reason for Haley to reproach Russia:"We abide by all decisions".

Kang told the United Nations briefing that any easing of sanctions must be preceded by steps to denuclearization, but she also acknowledged that a "limited" exemption may be necessary to maintain the momentum for dialogue with Pyongyang. USA documents sent to the Security Council committee that monitors the sanctions and obtained by The Associated Press cite 89 instances between January 1 and May 30 in which North Korean tankers likely delivered refined products "illicitly procured" via such transfers.

The next day, Trump told Fox News there was a " the summit would take place.

Pipeline volumes of between 30,000 tons to 40,000 tons are enough in the summer to keep the pipeline from China to North Korea unclogged, while this volume is around 80,000 tons in the winter, Chosun Ilbo's source said. The document further restricts supplies of crude oil and oil products and insists all countries expel North Korean labor migrant in a span of 24 months. Trump appeared to toward North Korea this week, saying that a more gradual option of denuclearization was a possibility.

Pompeo also called for an end to sanctions violations, and Haley said the best way the talks between the United States and North Korea could be supported was by enforcing, not easing, sanctions.

But Russia and China said they needed more time to consider the United States request and to review Washington's allegations of sanctions-busting by North Korea. "These illegal ship-to-ship transfers are the most prominent means by which this is happening".

It was reportedly agreed that Pyongyang must take clear measures toward denuclearization. "But our hopes for a safer world for all of us and a brighter future for North Korea remains our objective and that hope endures", Pompeo said.

Pompeo, Haley step up pressure to support Trump's talks on North Korea