Politics 29-10-2018

US believes possible denuclearization of North Korea

The US special envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, affirms that the complete and verifiable denuclearization of North Korea is "within reach".

Biegun, in a meeting held Monday with the South Korean delegate for the denuclearization of North Korea , Lee Do-hoon, has highlighted the confidence of the Administration of Donald Trump in getting Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons despite the apparent stagnation of the process of dialogue between both parties.

"We have a shared goal, which is to end 70 years of war and hostilities on the Korean peninsula. And the first requirement to reach that point is to achieve the complete, definitive and verifiable denuclearization of North Korea, "said Biegun at the beginning of the meeting.

That said he has expressed confidence that this goal is within the reach of all parties involved, according to the South Korean agency Yonhap.

Lee, meanwhile, has stressed the importance of the United States and South Korea to strengthen their cooperation in "dealing" with Pyongyang, following public disagreements between Seoul and Washington on the need to maintain sanctions on North Korea .

"We need to meet as often as possible to ensure that there is no fissure between the two allies," said the South Korean delegate, referring to the displeasure of the Trump Administration for the desire expressed by Seoul to undertake economic cooperation and infrastructure projects with Pyongyang .

The visit to Seoul of Biegun takes place while the White House is in talks with Pyongyang to organize the second summit between Trump and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un , which will take place at a place and date yet to be determined.

While Washington hopes to verify North Korea's nuclear disarmament, the North Koreansand theirsouthern neighbors are calling on Washington and the international community to alleviate the sanctions imposed on Pyongyang, arguing for the suspension of nuclear tests and ballistic missiles and the dismantling of nuclear weapons. North Korea's nuclear testing site in order to facilitate the desired denuclearization of the peninsula.

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