North Korea returns interloper over border

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 17, 2018

Immediately after their talks on Tuesday, Mr Macron reiterated that France remains committed to the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation (CVID) of North Korea before sanctions imposed by the United Nations can be scaled back.

The two Koreas agreed this week to begin reconnecting rail and road links, in spite of U.S. concerns that a rapid thaw in relations could undermine efforts to press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.

Seoul A South Korean who illegally entered the North last month has been released as relations appear to thaw.

The steps they are aiming for range from withdrawing firearms and guard posts to reducing personnel and adjusting surveillance equipment, the ministry said, adding that the three-way channel would be used for more discussions. The two sides began talks with the United Nations command yesterday over demilitarising the border.

"I am encouraged by this productive, trilateral dialogue", Brooks said in a statement.

US officials are concerned that South Korea's willingness to make deals with North Korea could harm negotiations to get North Korea to denuclearize.

Biegun is also due to visit Brussels and Paris for talks with EU, NATO, and European counterparts.

The roads and rail lines in question have been severed since at least 1953, when the fighting in the Korean War ended.

However, South Korean president Moon Jae-in has argued that at least some sanctions should be lifted as a sign of good faith, even before denuclearization. This could include removing all firearms from the Joint Security Area (JSA), the only area along the border where troops from both sides, as well as the U.S., stand face-to-face.

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