United States to UN: Cut off North Korea’s oil supplies

North Korean officials did not show up to a planned meeting with U.S. officials at the demilitarized zone (DMZ), where they were expected to continue discussions on repatriating the remains of Americans killed during the Korean War.

Officials from North Korea were expected to meet Thursday with UN Command officials representing the United States to discuss repatriating the remains of American troops who went missing in action during the Korean War.

The Korean leaders agreed at the meeting to work toward ridding the peninsula of nuclear weapons. But it didn't commence at the scheduled time as North Korean officials didn't show up.

Pompeo traveled to Pyongyang for two days last week in a bid to flesh out denuclearization commitments made during last month's historic summit between Trump and Kim.

The letter contrasts with a statement put out on July 7 by an unnamed North Korean official saying that Washington's attitude and stance were "regrettable" and that the United States "came up only with its unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization". Earlier Thursday, after attending the NATO summit in Brussels, he told reporters that there were clear signs of progress with North Korea, most notably that no missile and nuclear tests have occurred for nearly nine months.

North Korea is in full retreat from dictator Kim Jong Un's promises to President Trump after their sitdown last month.

The North Korean leader also said their "strong will, honest efforts and unique approach" towards a new future will bear fruit. If Trump praises Kim while tightening sanctions, he's letting Kim take the magnanimous route by overruling his minions to order better cooperation and a dial-down of rhetoric.

The US military has since announced that 100 wooden coffins have been moved to the inter-Korean border in preparation. Pyongyang has asked the UN Command Armistice Commission to upgrade the talks to a higher level to include a US general, South Korea's foreign ministry said.

"Both the USA and the North are still in discussion over when to meet", the official added.

Trump has said further details will be fleshed out in follow-up meetings, but so far, no tangible results have been made.

I firmly believe that the strong will, honest efforts and unique approach of myself and Your Excellency Mr. President aimed at opening up a future between the DPRK and the USA will surely come to fruition.

"I think hiccups in a process like this, there will be many, inevitably", the secretary-general said in remarks to reporters Thursday.

Between 1996 and 2005, some 33 recovery operations were conducted in North Korea which saw 200 sets of remains returned.

  • Jon Douglas