South Korea eyes lifting of some sanctions against North Korea

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Her remarks amounted to a rare confirmation of discord between Seoul and Washington, amid United States concerns that inter-Korean relations may be warming too fast relative to negotiations to dismantle North Korea's nuclear arms programme.

"The fact that Kim drove such a luxurious auto to meet with Pompeo could be construed as a bit of a slap in the face to the top US diplomat, as the Trump administration has insisted that the worldwide community must strictly enforce the United Nations sanctions levied against North Korea until Pyongyang denuclearizes". "While there is still a long way to go and much work to do, we can now see a path to where we'll achieve the ultimate goal which is the full and final verified denuclearization of North Korea", Pompeo told reporters at the White House.

Nauert's comments implying that Washington is satisfied with North Korea's actions for the time being echo Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's comments on his latest trip to Pyongyang.

"But I have agreed to meet", he said.

"The US could prefer a reciprocal approach where each side makes a concession step by step, rather than a comprehensive bargain as we did".

He added that Kim had said he was ready to allow global inspectors into North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear testing site and the Sohae missile engine test facility as soon as the United States and North Korea agreed on logistics.

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The US has tried everything in its power to restrict the flow of luxury goods to North Korea, but Kim showed the Trump administration they failed.

"I want to thank Chairman Kim for the time that I got to spend with him where we got to talk about all the range of issues that are in front of our two countries that will let us get there, and he appreciated the president having sent me". They said the North Korean leader appeared simply to be repackaging and dragging out past pledges.

As part of his delegation to Pyongyang, Pompeo brought along Stephen Biegun, his special representative to North Korea and the diplomat expected to take on more of the day-to-day negotiating with Kim's regime.

Kang replied "Yes" on Wednesday when a lawmaker asked her whether a Japanese media report was correct that Pompeo had complained strongly about the agreement, which was announced during a summit between the Koreas in Pyongyang last month.

Trump said "eventually we're going to have lots of meetings on USA soil and on their soil by the way".

South Koreans are deeply divided along ideological lines and many people still harbor deep anger over North Korea's 1950 attack that started the Korean War, killing and injuring millions. Seoul's Unification Ministry said Tuesday the water being supplied to the office has been provided to the town's residents as well.

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