Kim Jong Un invites Pope Francis to North Korea

I'll roll out the red carpet for Pope in Pyongyang, says Kim Jong‑un

Seoul's potential removal of unilateral sanctions would be a largely symbolic move as it's virtually impossible for South Korea to resume joint economic projects with North Korea under US-led global sanctions, which have been strengthened considerably since 2016 as the North accelerated its nuclear and missile tests.

The report also alluded to speculation that if Japan hosted the summit, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would also hold talks with Kim and could possibly reach some kind of agreement on the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea decades ago.

President Trump strongly asserted South Korea will not lift sanctions against Pyongyang without his approval.

"I'd love to remove them, but we have to get something for doing it", Trump said. "They won't do it without our approval".

In a statement released Wednesday by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs following a round of tripartite meetings in Moscow, the three ministers also expressed their support for ongoing talks between the DPRK and both the US and South Korea.

Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said that the government had never seriously considered lifting sanctions.

Though she clarified that there was no "pan-governmental" discussion on the issue yet underway, she added: "I think it's a matter to be reviewed in comprehensive consideration of South-North relations".

Former NBA star Yao Ming attended a friendly basketball match between China and North Korea in Pyongyang on Thursday (Oct 11) amid warming ties between the neighbours. North Korea has fiercely denied it sunk the Cheonan warship, an attack that killed 46 South Korean sailors.

The pair discussed ending the reclusive state's nuclear weapons program and hostilities between Washington and Pyongyang. The source added Pompeo "used strong language" in the phone call with Kang.

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The North and South also announced measures to reduce conventional military threats, such as creating buffer zones along their land and sea boundaries and a no-fly zone above the border.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has again made a mockery of the US's policy towards Pyongyang when meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, this time with a new Rolls Royce Phantom.

Seoul then effectively shut down all cross-border economic cooperation except for a joint factory park in the North Korean border town of Kaesong, where business activities and investment were also scaled back.

He said the resumption of water supply does not violate worldwide sanctions against the North over its nuclear weapons and missile program.

Despite the current mood of detente and negotiation between the Koreas, the removal of sanctions would be a hard decision for Seoul's government.

Kang pointed out that many parts of South Korea's 2010 sanctions now duplicate United Nations sanctions that were considerably strengthened after 2016 when the North began accelerating its nuclear and missile tests. Still, the lifting of the 2010 sanctions could offer at least some tangible benefits to the North.

Trump said "eventually we're going to have lots of meetings on USA soil and on their soil by the way".

While some in the USA administration have indicated that denuclearization could be completed within the lifespan of the Trump administration, some experts say it could take more than a decade - assuming it is faithfully implemented, which many doubt.

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