Published: Mon, March 05, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Korea's spy chief to visit North as special envoy, says report

Korea's spy chief to visit North as special envoy, says report

On Thursday Trump spoke with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, and the White House readout of the call stated that the two leaders "noted their firm position that any dialogue with North Korea must be conducted with the explicit and unwavering goal of complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization".

Republican senator from South Carolina Lindsey Graham said the United States is reportedly considering military action against Kim Jong-un, should Pyongyang build a nuclear missile capable of striking the West.

The statement came days after President Donald Trump said Monday that his administration could enter talks with North Korea, but "only under the right conditions".

The US says the new sanctions are created to put a further squeeze on North Korea, cutting off sources of revenue and fuel for its nuclear programme and clamping down on evasion of already existing restrictions.

"We have the intention to resolve issues in a diplomatic and peaceful way through dialogue and negotiation, but we will neither beg for dialogue nor evade the military option claimed by the United States", he continued. "If Pyongyang were able to cash out into physical currency, it would be relatively easy for them to move that currency back into North Korea and to buy things with the physical currency", Moriuchi said.

North Korea appears to have improved missile guidance, a previously problematic development hurdle for the rogue regime, CNN reported Friday, citing an official familiar with the latest intelligent assessments. She criticized the NIS chief for allegedly turning the spy agency into a "North Korea cooperation organization".

The visit was part of an effort to lower tensions on the Korean peninsula as well as possibly arrange talks between North Korea and the United States, it said.

Despite the denials, North Korea remains one of the only countries not signed to the Chemical Weapons Convention which outlaws the production, stockpiling, and use of chemical weapons.

Pyongyang is willing to prepare for dialogue in which the two sides "discuss and resolve issues of mutual concern on an equal footing", a Foreign Ministry spokesperson was quoted as saying by the Korean Central News Agency.

The United Nations reports annually on adherence to sanctions and has flagged that North Korea helped Syria to build an undeclared nuclear reactor.

The newspaper also accused the USA of misleading the global community by saying the North is begging for talks because it is giving in to sanctions and pressure.

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