Separated Korean families have 2nd day of emotional reunions

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Two months after President Donald Trump endorsed North Korea's pledge to denuclearize, a United Nations watchdog organization says there is no sign that Kim Jong Un's government has stopped its nuclear weapons activities. "I have very good personal relations with Chairman Kim, and I think that's what holds it together".

"I can say definitively that it's a sufficient national security concern about Chinese meddling, Iranian meddling and North Korean meddling that we're taking steps to try to prevent it, so it's all four of those countries, really", Bolton said. That violated a UN-backed embargo on doing business with North Korea (DPRK), part of an effort to pressure Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles programs.

Trump said he believed Pyongyang had taken specific denuclearization steps as promised in the June 12 joint statement in which North Korea committed to the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) speaks during a press conference with visiting US national security adviser John Bolton at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem on August 20, 2018.

South Korea sees the separated families as the largest humanitarian issue created by the war, which killed and injured millions and cemented the division of the Korean Peninsula into the North and South.

If North Korea ends up becoming a nuclear state, South Korea, Japan and even Taiwan will work out their own response in order to survive, and that is surely not what Beijing wants. South Korea wants reunions to take place regularly, but North Korea often uses them as a bargaining chip in negotiations.

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The smiling officer thanked Trump as he stood beside him at the lectern but made no comment on the president's remark. In his tweets , Trump said McGahn had cooperated with prosecutors with his approval "for purposes of transparency".

Reuters said that Trump also credited his "great chemistry" with Kim for easing the nuclear standoff past year, which raised fears of a new Korean war.

Hong Yong-gee, who went with his mother for a 2015 reunion at Diamond Mountain and met his three North Korean aunts, said Tuesday that it seemed his North Korean relatives were working off a script.

"The younger guys in the team are following their older brothers quite well so the training is going smoothly", said coach Hwang Woo-seok.

China is the reclusive country's most important trading partner and Kim has visited China three times so far this year - twice to Beijing and once to Dalian - during which he has held talks with Xi on improving cooperation between the two countries and economic reforms.

Critics hopped on the report to argue that Trump's agreement with North Korea is a sham.

The nuclear weapons issue came to dominate USA policy toward North Korea over two decades ago for the understandable reason that Washington is compelled to prevent additional potential adversaries from threatening America's people, territory or allies with nuclear attack.

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