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Marsha Scott
July 20, 2018

President Donald Trump has now said there is no hurry to denuclearise North Korea - having previously said the process would start very soon.

The two leaders pledged to work toward denuclearisation but stopped short of defining the process, much less ascribing a timeline for its completion.

"It may take some time to get where we need to go", the top United States diplomat said at a Cabinet meeting led by Trump. It may take some time to get where we need to go.

He said he expects his widely criticized meeting Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin could turn out to be "an even greater success" than his efforts days earlier with NATO, particularly because Russia's willingness to "help with North Korea".

"President Putin is going to be involve in the sense that he is with us", Trump said.

And on Wednesday he tweeted there is "no rush, the sanctions remain!" "We're just going through the process".

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

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"We had expected that the United States side would offer constructive measures that would help build trust based on the spirit of the leaders' summit".

The United States provided a list to the Security Council committee last week of 89 illicit North Korean transactions and a few select photos, seen by Reuters. Trump had said denuclearization should start "without delay".

If China sends 80,000 tons of oil to North Korea every month, this volume already brings the amount to 960,000 tons a year-above the 525,000 tons limit for a 12-month period in the sanctions, Chosun Ilbo argues.

It asked the committee to notify all United Nations member states that North Korea has breached a refined petroleum cap of 500,000 barrels a year - imposed by the council in December - and order an immediate halt to all transfers.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also seems to be in favor of a fast denuclearization process. Numerous more than 55 sets of remains are in different locations and it will take time for authorities in Pyongyang to collect and verify them.

Following the Sunday meeting, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that the talks led by Minihan were "productive and cooperative and resulted in firm commitments".

"I think in the next couple weeks we'll have the first remains returned".

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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