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VINCENT YU AP North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has endorsed an offer to talk to the United States about reducing nuclear programme

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has endorsed an offer to talk to the United States about reducing nuclear programme

President Moon Jae-in, center, hosts a luncheon with leaders of five major parties at the Blue House on Wednesday.

Pyongyang's reversal of its previous refusal to negotiate over its nuclear program may be an effort to get relief from economic sanctions that had crippled its economy, officials said. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. North Korea however denies any involvement. And Kim's outspoken defiance of President Donald Trump translated if nothing else into heavier sanctions and heightened isolation.

In response the UN implemented increasingly tough sanctions. After exposure, it severely disrupts the body's signalling between the nervous and muscular systems, leading to neuromuscular blockade, flaccid paralysis of all the muscles in the body including the diaphragm, and death by asphyxiation. It would be a great thing for the world.

Kim Jong-nam was largely estranged from his family and was bypassed for the leadership in favour of his younger half-brother, Kim Jong-un.

When Kim's father met Japan's prime minister in 2002, he agreed to a missile-launch moratorium. "And their relations with China may have hit the lowest spot in the history of bilateral relations".

Both agreements ultimately collapsed acrimoniously.

The US last week imposed harsh unilateral sanctions on multiple international shipping companies dealing with North Korea. And Stephen Colbert couldn't help but express his bafflement about it during his "Late Show" monologue on Tuesday night.

That's been the pattern for decades.

As per a notification of the DGFT in the commerce ministry, "supply, sale, transfer or export" of crude oil will be subjected to the restrictions imposed by the UN Security Council (UNSC).

In lieu of this, the US could offer to lift crippling sanctions on the North and work out a peace treaty with Pyongyang - the US and North Korea are still technically at war; a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War.

"Our nuclear [program] is aimed at punishing and securing peace from aggressors and warmongers, not threatening anyone", the column continued.

Trump credited all sides with a "serious effort" as U.S. -allied South Korean envoys returned home from a rare visit to their northern neighbor with the news of an inter-Korean summit planned for late April.

One senior administration official, who requested anonymity, suggested "it's a good idea for everybody to keep some perspective, take a deep breath". Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government.

Daryl Kimball, executive director of the U.S. -based Arms Control Association, urged the Trump administration and Congress to support "this important diplomatic opening".

Are they on the negotiating table?

North Korea has boasted of its plans to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the mainland United States. So, officially at least, the focus will be on Korea issues.

That said, the window for such transformation is small. The reunions are emotionally charged and not terribly political, so that would be low-hanging fruit.

The front page of North Korea's most widely read domestic newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, on Wednesday made no mention of Kim's reported wish to denuclearize.

Outspoken Trump critic Ian Bremmer, who is the president of Eurasia Group and a global research professor at New York University, even told the Post that Trump "deserves credit" for North Korea's about-face.

Former officials in Washington and Tokyo reacted with scepticism to the North's offer of talks on denuclearization, seeing a familiar pattern of threats followed by talks that fail to win significant concessions.

But, we don't know enough about North Korean foreign exchange holdings or government finances to know when this crisis might happen. It has offered to halt missile tests while talks are held.

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