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China suggests North Korea sanctions relief as Trump, Kim meet

US troops in South Korea GETTYUS troops training in South Korea
Jeannette Daniel | 12 June, 2018, 15:38

China had always implemented United Nations sanctions against its reclusive neighbour "in a serious and strict manner", he said.

The Korean Central News Agency and the Korean Central Television reported Monday that Kim departed from Pyongyang on Sunday morning via a Chinese chartered airplane to hold a summit with his US counterpart in Singapore.

In announcing that he would suspend joint military exercises in the region with South Korea, Trump did away with a sticking point for Pyongyang, which has repeatedly claimed that the drills are merely a pretext for a strike on the North.

"The U.N. Security Council resolutions that have been passed say that if North Korea respects and acts in accordance with the resolutions, then sanction measures can be adjusted, including to pause or remove the relevant sanctions", Geng told a daily news briefing.

However, the Straits Times also suggests that Pyongyang "may have revealed the charter of a Chinese airplane to demonstrate its close relationship with China in the face of worldwide sanctions led by the U.S.".

Reaffirming the 27 April Panmunjon Declaration, North Korea will commit to working towards complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Geng said Beijing would continue to fulfil its global obligations and play a constructive role on the Korean peninsula.

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In a statement signed by both leaders, the countries agreed to the recovery of the remains and the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

North Korea also serves as a valuable buffer state between China and USA forces in South Korea.

Speaking earlier in the day also in Beijing, the Chinese government's top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, said China hoped the United States and North Korea can reach agreement on a peace deal.

"Now that he [Kim] has made this kind of effort, we shouldn't be cynical".

Wang said in a statement earlier that China welcomed and supported the summit between the U.S. and North Korean leaders and hoped the two countries could reach a basic consensus on achieving denuclearisation.

"The ultimate objective we seek with diplomacy with North Korea has not changed", Pompeo said.

"At the same time, there needs to be a peace mechanism for the peninsula, to resolve North Korea's reasonable security concerns", he said. "And this role will continue".

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