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N Korea quits liaison office with S Korea

N Korea quits liaison office with S Korea

Chun told reporters that South Korea plans to continue to staff the Kaesong liaison office normally and that it expects the North will continue to allow the South Koreans to commute to the office.

South Korea regrets the decision and urged a swift normalisation of the arrangement, Chun said, adding the South would continue to staff the office, set up as a regular channel of communication to ease hostility between the rivals, which technically remain at war.

The two Koreas have not met since a failed summit last month between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.

The liaison office opened last September in the city of Kaesong just north of the border between the two Koreas to foster closer bilateral ties. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.

The United States has led global efforts to press North Korea through sanctions to give up its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Beijing said it has consistently enforced all United Nations resolutions on the DPRK after the U.S. Treasury Department added two Chinese firms to a sanctions list on Thursday. That appears unlikely as South Korea is beholden to worldwide sanctions - which North Korea, during last month's North Korea-US summit in Hanoi - asked be lifted.

Ltd., saying it had assisted North Korean officials based in Europe in procuring goods for the regime.

New Zealand Charges Main Shooter in Mosque Attack with Murder
A fourth person detained in the aftermath of the attack was later determined to be an armed bystander who wanted to help police. Ms Ardern, who arrived in Christchurch Saturday, said the shooter was not on any watchlist and did not have a criminal record.

Following the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, the USA and South Korea canceled major war games that have always been a source of tensions on the Korean Peninsula in order to "support diplomatic efforts" with Pyongyang.

North Korea has yet to issue any direct public statement on the decision to withdraw.

There have also been reports of renewed activity at a North Korean nuclear test site, which have been condemned by Donald Trump.

The official insisted, however, that Thursday's announcement was meant to maintain sanctions enforcement on North Korea rather than intensify the pressure.

On Thursday the companies were banned from accessing the USA financial system, and any companies who do business with them can now face penalties.

While declining to say whether Washington was trying to send a post-summit message to Pyongyang, the official said Trump "has made clear that the door is wide open to continuing the dialogue with North Korea".

On Monday, two senior USA senators called for the Trump administration to correct a slowing pace of American sanctions designations on North Korea, saying such actions had seen a marked decline in the past year of US diplomatic engagement with Pyongyang.

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