North Korea Withdraws From Joint Liaison Office With South Korea

North Korea Withdraws From Joint Liaison Office With South Korea

The statement said Liaoning Danxing had "routinely used deceptive practices" to enable the work of North Korean procurement officials based in the European Union.

The decision had been taken "in accordance with an order from an upper command", he said, adding: "They said they didn't care whether we stayed at the liaison office or not".

North Korea withdrew staff from a liaison office with South Korea in a surprise move on Friday that appears to be the latest fallout from a disappointing summit earlier this month between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.

The action comes after Donald Trump met Kim Jong Un for a second summit in Hanoi that broke down.

The United States charged that the company a year ago shipped cargo from the Chinese port of Dalian to North Korea on behalf of the Paeksol Trading Corporation, which in the past has sold metal and coal to earn money for Pyongyang.

Jon Chong Su, vice chairman of the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, and chief official responsible for the office, has been absent from the liaison office since February 1, according to the Chosun.

The foreign ministry urged the U.S.to stop the sanctions, and said China doesn't want the move to affect cooperation between the two countries.

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Moon's administration had touted the office as a major feat resulting from his own summit with Kim a year ago despite US concerns about possible loosening of sanctions.

They pointed to a recent United Nations report that North Korea continued to defy United Nations sanctions with an increase in smuggling of petroleum products and coal and violation of bans on arms sales.

South Korea's Unification Ministry said on Friday that its northern neighbor was "pulling out with instruction from the superior authority".

Bolton, who has long held hawkish views on North Korea, also said the regime would be granted a bright economic future once it abandons its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles. "North Korea can influence the United States by either doing nothing - or by launching a missile".

North Korean state media have recently demanded that South Korea distance itself from the USA and resume joint economic projects that have been held back by the US -led sanctions against the North.

Washington has said it aims to re-engage with Kim, but North Korea has warned it is considering suspending talks and may rethink a freeze on missile and nuclear tests in place since 2017 unless Washington makes concessions.

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