USA envoy optimistic about N. Korea despite latest friction

Kim kills Trump in S. Korean art satire

Kim kills Trump in S. Korean art satire

The statement also says the United States push toward the total denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula should include the removal of nuclear threats from "not only the North and the South, but from all neighboring areas".

They explored ways to improve the delivery of humanitarian aid, which relief groups say has been sharply limited by the United States' strict enforcement of worldwide sanctions imposed because of the North's nuclear and missile programs, the envoys said.

The working group was formed on the back of US concerns that the speed of development in inter-Korean relations wasn't in step with progress in US-North Korea denuclearization talks, analysts have said.

He did not directly address the North Korean statement, which jarred with Seoul's rosier presentation of the North Korean position and could potentially rattle the fragile diplomacy between Washington, Seoul and Pyongyang to defuse a nuclear crisis that past year had many fearing war.

United States nuclear weapons were stationed in South Korea until 1993, when they were withdrawn following a denuclearisation agreement.

On the two Koreas' latest 18-day joint railway survey, which wrapped up Monday, Biegun said he was "excited to hear the results of the survey" and that the United States had "watched with great excitement as the trains lodged into North Korea".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, smoking pistol in his hand, looks down at the body of US President Donald Trump on a red carpet next to a bag overflowing with US dollars.

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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.

The leaders are trying to arrange another meeting for early next year.

The North Korean statement said "the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", includes elimination of not only the North's nuclear arms but also "the United States' nuclear weapons and other invading forces in South Korea". In Thursday's statement, the North made clear it's sticking to its traditional stance on denuclearization.

From the North Korean side, this is Denuclearization 101: the basis for a productive diplomatic process with the United States, building on a word that has effectively carried the same meaning from Pyongyang since its introduction to the diplomatic playbook in 1992, when it first appeared in an inter-Korean agreement that year. It accused Washington of twisting what had been agreed on in Singapore and driving post-summit talks into an impasse. "When we talk about the denuclearization 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 neighboring the Korean Peninsula", the statement said.

Stephen Biegun, the U.S. special representative for North Korea, said on Wednesday he would meet USA aid groups early next year and review Washington's aid policy.

Biegun arrived in South Korea on Wednesday for a four-day trip to coordinate the allies' policies on North Korea, including the enforcement of sanctions.

The scene is part of an installation art exhibition in Seoul - a satire of the diplomacy over the Korean peninsula that has become "a big political show featuring two of the world's biggest showmen" by South Korean artist Lim Young Sun. The United States may have difficulty negotiating further if the North ties the future of its nukes to the USA military presence in the South, analysts say.

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