• Pyongyang accuses Washington of making unilateral demands over denuclearisation

      Pyongyang accuses Washington of making unilateral demands over denuclearisation

      North Korea has called high-level talks with a US delegation led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "extremely regrettable", contradicting Washington's account of how the meeting in Pyongyang went. The discussions in the North Korean capital took place on the back of last month's summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore. But while Pompeo on Saturday painted a positive picture of the follow-up talks, North Korean officials accused the US of trying to unilaterally pressure their country into abandoning its nuclear programme.

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    • Pompeo says made progress with North Korea, more work needed

      Pompeo says made progress with North Korea, more work needed

      US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday he had made progress “on almost all of the central issues” in talks with North Korea, including on setting a timeline for its denuclearisation, but work remained to be done. Speaking to reporters after a day and a half of talks in Pyongyang, Pompeo said the two sides agreed to hold discussions on July 12 on the repatriation of remains of Americans killed in the 1950-53 Korean War, and also discussed “modalities” for the destruction of a missile engine testing facility.

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    • Pompeo visits North Korea to push for denuclearisation

      Pompeo visits North Korea to push for denuclearisation

      Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, met North Korean officials, including the country's leader Kim Jong Un, in Pyongyang on Friday, hoping to elaborate on details on how to dismantle the North's nuclear programme, news wires reported. Prior to meeting Kim Jong Un, Pompeo met Kim Yong Chol, who played a key role in arranging last month's summit in Singapore. Pompeo's talks with him last a couple of hours, official mediss reported. “Today's meeting is a really meaningful meeting,” Kim Yong Chol told Pompeo cited by Reuters. “Yes I agree,” Pompeo answered.

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    • South Korea suffers Yemeni asylum seekers influx

      South Korea suffers Yemeni asylum seekers influx

      South Korea plans to tighten laws governing migration after the Justice Ministry has registered a rapid rise in the number of Yemeni asylum seekers in the country, news wires reported. More than 552 people from Yemen arrived on the southern resort island of Jeju between January and May, more than the 430 Yemenis who have ever applied for refugee status in South Korea, the ministry said. The country has granted refugee status to just over 800 people since 1994.

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