Japan says it detects apparent Chinese ship breaking N.Korea sanctions

Japan navy spots suspected China ship next to NKorea tanker

Japan navy spots suspected China ship next to NKorea tanker

Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, was meeting with Kim Jong-un in Pyonyang today as Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, sat down for talks in NY with Mr Kim's right hand man in an attempt to revive a cancelled summit between the US and North Korean leaders in Singapore next month.

A second day of meetings between top diplomatic officials of the United States and North Korea are underway in NY, in an attempt to discuss nuclear disagreements and prepare for a planned historic summit between leaders.

Differences between Washington and Pyongyang led Mr. Trump to cancel the summit in a letter to counterpart Kim Jung Un before diplomatic efforts were renewed in the past week.

His visit comes amid a flurry of diplomatic activity to organise next month's summit, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also meeting Kim's right-hand man Kim Yong Chol in NY late Wednesday.

In April, the U.N. Security Council blacklisted dozens of ships and shipping companies over oil and coal smuggling by North Korea, including five based in China. "Our secretary of state is having very good meetings".

An official said the talks lasted just over two hours but had concluded well before schedule.

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"The order was to make thorough counter-plans against the enemies' pretentious peace strategy while people and cadres are thinking about whether the current situation has already brought peace", he said.

But Kim, in a meeting with Russia's foreign minister on Thursday, complained about "U.S. hegemonism", a comment that may complicate the discussions in NY.

US President Donald Trump announced that he would be "very happy" when he could lift US sanctions against North Korea over the country's nuclear program and missile launches.

"We did think the detonation would only affect a small part, but many are now saying the explosion's impact was greater than surmised", the source said, adding ordinary North Koreans thought it was "fascinating" foreign reporters flew into the country to witness the dismantlement.

Activist Kim Young-hwan speaks at a symposium on North Korean human rights in Seoul on May 31, 2018.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has maintained a hard line against the North, calling for continued sanctions and a maximum-pressure campaign on Pyongyang.

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