Korea detente revives North Korean leader's bullet train dreams

Korea detente revives North Korean leader's bullet train dreams

Korea detente revives North Korean leader's bullet train dreams

"South Korea war games", Trump said, citing what was presented as a White House statement.

"It would be an overstatement to say that the USA is trying to break apart the South-North relations, but it is a message that it is not comfortable with the current situation, knowing that the North has been reportedly violating sanctions", the Seoul-based expert added.

A report by South Korea's state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB) suggests that North Korea has been mining cryptocurrencies, according to local media. Kim told South Korean President Moon Jae-in that his sister and delegation were in awe of South Korea's bullet trains, which they travelled in to get to the Pyeongchang Olympics in February. In the past week, while they were talking, the U.S. slapped tariffs on a further US$16 billion in Chinese imports.

The United States will no longer suspend joint military drills with South Korea, hinting that talks between Washington and the North have stalled.

Mattis said he was working in coordination with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo's diplomatic efforts - "it's all riding on Secretary Pompeo's shoulders", he said - but he also signaled that smaller-scale exercises are going ahead.

US President Donald Trump ruled out on Wednesday that his administration was planning future military exercises with South Korea, but also warned that he could "instantly" relaunch them and that if he did, they would be "far bigger than ever before".

Sue Mi Terry, senior fellow and Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, is skeptical that North Korea intends to give up its nuclear weapons and argues that doing a peace treaty or declaration upfront would not necessarily lead to further steps. The inter-Korean summit would focus on denuclearisation "regardless of whether Secretary Pompeo visits North Korea or not", the South Korean presidential office said on Thursday.

"We will work very closely ... with the Secretary of State and what he needs done, we will certainly do to reinforce his effort", he added.

"They basically don't think we're doing enough", a senior USA official told Reuters.

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Some 28,000 United States military personnel remain stationed in and around South Korea.

North Korea has been under sanctions since 2006, when the country carried out its first nuclear test.

"We're making no change to the exercise program at this time", Mattis said on Tuesday.

US President Trump has pointed the accusatory finger at China while speaking on US-North Korea relations on Wednesday.

The KDB noted that North Korea was not left out of 2017's crypto craze either as the nation mined the pioneer cryptocurrency between May and July a year ago.

"I don't like to call it a trade war", Trump said Wednesday.

What do you think of the KDB report finding mining activity and crypto exchange being developed in North Korea?

Countries like the USA have banned their citizens from visiting the country over security issues and global sanctions that've recently hit the recluse nation. "Because if he came back empty handed again, then that really could be a dead end", said Abrahamian.

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