World 12-09-2018

Putin: The United States asks North Korea a lot and 'does not give anything in return'

Russian President Vladimir Putin criticizes the US for "not giving anything in return" of the steps taken by North Korea towards complete denuclearization.

"It seems counterproductive to me to ask North Korea to do everything and not give anything in return," Putin said Wednesday in reference to the US, in the IVth Eastern Economic Forum, held at the Russian city of Vladivostok, in the extreme southeast corner of the Russian Federation.

Putin has demanded that Pyongyang receive the international security guarantees promised at the June 12 summit in Singapore by US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, where the Asian side assured thatcompletely denuclearize .

In this regard, the Russian president has defended the right of North Korea to "expect reciprocal steps and non-interminable demands of complete disarmament."

Pyongyang has suspended its nuclear and missile tests, in addition to having returned the US. the remains of American soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War, while the international sanctions imposed against them continue to apply.

Within the framework of the agreement between Kim and Trump, the tenant of the White House made a concrete commitment tostop the joint military exercises of the United States and South Koreaaround the Korean peninsula.

Two months later, however, at the end of August, North Korea denounced a US plan. to organize military maneuvers in the Philippines and accused Washington of preparing a simulation of "infiltration into Pyongyang . "

Kim himselfhas denounced on numerous occasions the maintenance of sanctions on his country by the United States. and other "hostile forces", despite the agreement reached with Washington to calm tensions on the Korean peninsula. In this regard, the North Korean leader has accused Washington of betraying the "spirit" of the June 12 summit.

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