North Korea conditions denuclearisation with removal of US threat

12:56 AM | 21 Dec, 2018
North Korea conditions denuclearisation with removal of US threat
PYONGYANG - In what appears to be a spoiler of a major rift between Pyongyang and Washington, North Korea has announced that it will never unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons unless the United States removes its nuclear threat first.

According to a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency on Thursday, the 'United States must now recognise the accurate meaning of the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, and especially, must study geography'.

The statement confirms that the two states might have to negotiate further before realisation of a complete detente.

“When we talk about the Korean Peninsula, it includes the territory of our republic and also the entire region of [South Korea] where the United States has placed its invasive force, including nuclear weapons. When we talk about the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, it means the removal of all sources of nuclear threat, not only from the South and North but also from areas neighbouring the Korean Peninsula,” the statement said.

The comments come amid a deadlock in nuclear negotiations between the United States and North Korea and raises further doubts on whether Kim Jong Un will ever relinquish an arsenal which he considers as his greatest guarantee of survival.

Kim and US President Donald Trump shook hands in June at the Singapore summit where they called for a "complete denuclearisation" of the Korean Peninsula without delving into the details of the tough task.

Follow-up talks have stalled as North Korea insists that US-led international sanctions against the country should be lifted first before any progress in denuclearisation.

The fresh statement suggests that North Korea will demand that the Trump administration withdraw or significantly reduce the 28,500 American troops stationed in South Korea - a demand would could become the bone of contention between the two countries.

On the other hand, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who met Kim three times this year, has said that Kim wasn’t demanding the withdrawal of US troops from South-Korea as a precondition for dismantling his nuclear weapons. But Kim has never made such comments in public.

Trump is planning another meetup with Kim Jong Un, though the fresh statement might reduce the chances of a few more 'choreographed smiles'.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has expressed hope that a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un can be scheduled for early 2019.

"We are hopeful that in the new year, President Trump and Chairman Kim will get together not too long after the first of the year and make even further progress on taking this (nuclear) threat to the United States away from us," Pompeo said in an interview on Thursday.

Pompeo, who has travelled to North Korea four times this year, said the situation had undoubtedly improved since 2017.

"No more missiles being tested, no more nuclear testing. We're in a better place today," he observed.

The writer is a civil servant.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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