Russian Federation tells U.S. to show proof of N. Korea sanctions-busting


Moscow will make substantial efforts to preserve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran's nuclear program, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters at a news conference yesterday, TASS reports.

During an interview with Reuters, the POTUS said, "Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea".

On Jan. 17, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said that the problem with the North Korean nuclear issue is that "at this point in time is there's no road left".

"I hope, by filing this petition with the ICC, the prosecutors at the court as well as the worldwide community will hear what we have to say and understand such cruelties were inflicted on innocent citizens", Shoichi Osawa, who heads a group representing such relatives, said during a press conference in Tokyo.

China, which was excluded from the meeting, told the officials that it would only drive a wedge among the global community and criticized it as running counter to the world's joint efforts to settle the North Korean nuclear issue peacefully, the sources said. "The U.S. should do all in its power to avoid misunderstandings that could escalate to a great conflict, including nuclear war".

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that his predecessors let the North Korean nuclear situation fester because he'd be better suited to handle it, given his normal cognitive abilities.

The United States is hopeful - but apparently not optimistic - that North Korea's overture to South Korea about creating a united team for this year's Winter Olympics could lead to wider talks about ending Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.

Last week, President Trump said there were "disastrous" flaws in the 2015 agreement but waived implementing nuclear-related sanctions, saying, "This is a last chance". According to the Russian Foreign minister, the provisions of the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Treaty are far from advancing in the full eradication of these devices, for which the Moscow government does not ratify it.

"I don't think it's useful to comment" he said. North Korea admitted in 2002 that it had dispatched agents to kidnap 13 Japanese in the 1970s and 1980s who were tasked with training its spies in Japanese language and customs.

But she conceded that despite the overtures, North Korea has yet to show any intention to fulfill its obligations on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The meeting was attended by worldwide affairs ministers from 20 nations.

Certainly Kim might not be inclined toward negotiation, as he appears entirely unqualified to run his country, a country where the citizens are in dire straits in so many ways.

The U.N. Security Council, which has imposed sanctions against North Korea since the nation's first nuclear test in 2006, approved new sanctions in response to its sixth nuclear test on September 3, 2017.