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Sanctions, pressure having 'big impact' on N.Korea: Trump

Posted Jan 2, 2018 by AFP
Sanctions and other pressure are beginning to have a "big impact" on North Korea, US President Donald Trump said Tuesday, citing the offer of talks with South Korea by the North's leader Kim Jong-Un.
North Korea's missile tests have led to three rounds of UN sanctions so far this year
North Korea's missile tests have led to three rounds of UN sanctions so far this year
KIM Won-Jin, AFP

Sanctions and other pressure are beginning to have a "big impact" on North Korea, US President Donald Trump said Tuesday, citing the offer of talks with South Korea by the North's leader Kim Jong-Un.

"Rocket man now wants to talk to South Korea for first time. Perhaps that is good news, perhaps not - we will see!" Trump said on his Twitter account, referring to Kim's proposal for a high level meeting tied to the upcoming Winter Olympics in the South.

South Korea responded to Kim's overture, delivered in a New Year's Day speech on Monday, by proposing talks on January 9 at Panmunjon, the truce village on the border between the two Koreas.

North Korea's race to build an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the United States with a nuclear warhead has prompted stepped up UN sanctions on Pyongyang -- and raised fears of a nuclear conflict.

"Sanctions and 'other' pressures are beginning to have a big impact on North Korea," Trump said, citing recent defections by North Korean soldiers and Kim's overture.