Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Incremental N.Korean denuclearisation will be unacceptable - S.Korea official

Incremental N.Korean denuclearisation will be unacceptable - S.Korea official

A South Korean business executive in Singapore also said he and other overseas Korean businesspeople have huge expectations for the North Korea-U.S. summit due to potential future business opportunities. Coming as it does in the wake of the historic summit between North and South Korea, there are a lot of expectations from the meeting.

One researcher with a state-run think tank here said the North "seems to be trying to stir up the community of defectors and fan conflict within South Korean society" ahead of a summit with the U.S. According to Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, the North has resisted a request by the United States to relocate thousands of North Korean nuclear engineers-a move to assure the North can not restart nuclear development in the future.

"We can create conditions for real economic prosperity for the North Korean people that will rival that of the South", he added. The reporters will then be transported by a chartered train to the nuclear test site in Punggye-ri.

While South Korea's presidential office had said that Kim told South Korean President Moon Jae-in during their summit last month that worldwide experts will be invited to witness the closure, the North's Foreign Ministry statement on Saturday did not include any references to allowing experts at the site.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, a ministry official said that through the Wednesday meeting, the two sides are anticipated to agree on specialized talks or communication channels aimed at the continued development of cross-border relations. They also agreed to stop all hostile acts over "land, sea and air" that can cause military tensions and clashes, and to resume temporary reunions between war-separated families.

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