North Korea restricting Chinese tourism after Hanoi summit

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"We are not going to do denuclearization incrementally", Biegun said.

North Koreans went to the polls on Sunday for an election in which there could be only one victor.

Speaking about the reported activities at the North Korean site, President Donald Trump told reporters last week that "I would be very disappointed if that were happening". He said, however, that it was a mistake to assume the DPRK would "automatically" comply with its obligations. "And I don't think I will be, but we'll see what happens". I think the president did exactly the right thing, he said, referring to the failed summit between the two leaders in Hanoi in Vietnam on February 26 and 27.

Stanton said Congress will likely look for ways to make sanctions stronger now that North Korea has demonstrated its unwillingness at the Hanoi summit to agree to US demands on denuclearization.

The American president informed that the obstacle was caused by his refusal to lift the sanctions imposed on North Korea, a country that even promised not to resume ballistic and nuclear missile tests.

A series of reports, issued after the no-deal Hanoi summit between Pyongyang and Washington, suggest that the reclusive North is moving ahead with its nuclear and missile programs.

"One leverage that North Korea can use to push back on the USA position is the idea of making preparations for possible resumption of testing", he said.

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Q3 A North Korean propaganda outlet said Tuesday that Pyeongyang remains firmly committed to denuclearization.

Contrary to taking a tougher stance, Richard Johnson, a nuclear fuel expert at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, said Biegun could be signaling to the North that a clear commitment to a goal of denuclearization would have to come before negotiating any practical, phased steps for achieving that.

In an interview with ABC, US NSA Bolton said that he will be talking with his South Korean counterpart Monday morning. "So that's why, action for action, nearly inevitably in the past three administration has worked to North Korea's benefit".

John Bolton, President Donald Trump's national security adviser, said Sunday the USA sees "exactly what they are doing" in regard to possible missile or rocket launch moves by the nuclear-armed state. "We are going to continue to hold those sanctions and we are going to continue to work with the team overseas to make sure those stay in place".

Kim Yong-chol, Vice Chairman of the North's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, who served as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's counterpart in meetings with Washington; Ri Su-yong, in charge of worldwide affairs at the Workers' Party of Korea; and North Korea's Ambassador to the UN Kim Song also appeared to have been elected as deputies.

The Blue House said the comments by Na Kyung-won, floor leader of the Liberty Korea Party, were an insult to both Moon and South Koreans wanting peace and it demanded an apology.

After that, though, the fate of the nuclear negotiations is anyone's guess.