Young South Korean footballers head to Pyongyang

Young South Korean footballers head to Pyongyang

Young South Korean footballers head to Pyongyang

South Korea said a total of 35,000 tons of North Korean coal and pig iron worth $5.8 million illegally entered its ports previous year, in possible violations of United Nations sanctions.

Yet Washington was still insisting on "denuclearization first" and had "responded to our expectation by inciting global sanctions and pressure" it said.

North Korea also accused unidentified high-level United States officials of "going against the intention of President Trump" by "making baseless allegations against us and making desperate attempts at intensifying the worldwide sanctions and pressure".

North Korea slammed the U.S. for lacking "basic decorum" in nuke talks.

The rival Koreas will meet Monday for high-level talks meant to prepare for a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, South Korea said Thursday, the third such meetings between the leaders in recent months.

They imported North Korean coal or pig iron in seven separate cases between April and October a year ago to five South Korean ports, on the Jin Ao, Rich Vigor, Shining Rich and other vessels, the customs office said.

Wrapping up the 10-month investigation, the Korea Customs Service said that the three local companies brought in a total of 35,038 tons of coal and pig iron from North Korea, worth 6.6 billion won ($5.8 million), in seven separate cases from April to October past year. Washington is pushing for the North to begin giving up its nuclear programme.

South Korea started to look into the allegations that North Korean coal may have entered its ports in October.

Yesterday, Pyongyang reiterated its own demand for the U.S. to agree to declare a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended with an armistice and not a peace treaty.

South Korea's Presidential spokesman Kim Eui-keum said on Monday Seoul is "asking North Korea to speed up its denuclearization" and asking the U.S. to "show honest efforts about corresponding measures that North Korea is demanding".

At Trump and Kim's historic summit, the two signed a document stating that Pyongyang would work toward "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

One of the goals of North Korea's missile and nuclear program - which a confidential United Nations report recently said was still operational - is to defend itself from U.S. aggression and attempted regime change.

"I can tell you we continue to have conversations virtually every day, every other day or so with the North Koreans", Heather Nauert, U.S. State Department spokeswoman, said Thursday "When I say 'conversations, ' that can be by phone, that can be my message, that can be by email". Their refusal to comply could explain the frustration expressed by United States officials in recent days.

However, the statement offered the USA a way forward if it responds sincerely "even at this belated time".

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