‘No rush for speed’ in N. Korea’s denuclearization, sanctions still in place

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"The Foreign Affairs Minister will officially convey the invitation to the South Korean leader while I will relay the invitation to the North Korean leader", Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Puan Maharani told the press on Wednesday in Mrapen, Grobogan, Central Java.

Heading to Helsinki, Finland - looking forward to meeting with President Putin tomorrow.

The Singapore summit was mainly about Trump's push to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons.

Also last week North Korea accused the U.S. of making "gangster-like" demands for the process, and branded the U.S. attitude at high-level talks as "extremely troubling".

Seoul's foreign ministry, however, . has been emphasizing that South Korea is working closely with the global community to implement sanctions on North Korea.

In a tweet Trump said he elicited a promise from Putin to help negotiate with North Korea but did not say how.

Trump noted Wednesday that there is "no rush" and that sanctions against the regime are still in place.

North Korea's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) dropped 3.5 percent in 2017, the biggest drop since the 6.5 percent drop in 1997.

"Discussions are ongoing, and they're going very, very well", he said.

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Trump last month met North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore in the first US-North Korean summit and received a letter from the reclusive leader expressing hope for "practical actions".

Since the end of the Korean War, more than 31,000 North Koreans fled to South Korea for political, economic and other reasons, according to South Korean government records.

An article in the state-run online outlet Meari also said that unless the issue of the restaurant workers is resolved soon, it could hinder planned family reunifications.

USA and North Korean officials met on the inter-Korean border on Sunday to discuss the return of remains, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said.

South Korean media had earlier carried a similar report, citing interviews with some of the women and their North Korean male manager who came to South Korea with them.

Media outlets have been reporting that some 9-thousand tons of North Korean coal were shipped to the South past year via Russian Federation, which would have been a clear violation of UN Security Council sanctions.

After Pompeo's visit, North Korea accused his delegation of making "gangster-like" demands in connection with denuclearization. The North sees this political objective as an essential element of ending what it calls Washington's hostile policy toward the North, which in turn is linked to its willingness to give up its nuclear weapons.

On Tuesday Trump said he had misspoken and that he had complete faith in US intelligence agencies and accepted their conclusions.

Directional signs bearing North Korean and USA flags are seen near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea, April 25, 2018.

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