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Manuel Armenta | 10 Marcha, 2018, 06:42

The State Department announced Tuesday North Korea used chemical weapons to kill Kim Jong Un's half-brother.

The US imposed additional sanctions as part of its finding, including arms controls and financial restrictions, although the measures are largely symbolic given existing prohibitions on dealing with Pyongyang.

However, even in exile, But even while in exile, Kim Jong Nan gave interviews to European and Japanese press and would occasionally make critical comments about the North Korean government.

This morning, a flurry of major news from the Korean Peninsula has set the Korea-watching world aflutter.

The women, Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong, who say they believed they were carrying out a prank for a TV show, are on trial for murder. "We don't aim for that to happen and it's also impossible", he said. That reflects a longstanding demand from North Korea, which opposes the presence of nearly 30,000 U.S. forces in South Korea.

North Korea has a history of breaking its agreements, and there is little reason to trust that Pyongyang would end its nuclear weapons program, let alone eliminate the weapons it currently possesses.

I continue to remain cynical, as the Kim family's nuclear ambitions have been on display through, now, three generations.

Then, within weeks, North Korea hosted a high-level delegation from the South led by Chung Eui-yong who heads South Korea's National Security Office and is a close adviser to President Moon. The Koreas hope to open up the Six Party Talks as a mechanism to take the discussion beyond the two governments. A U.S. official said there were no plans to scrap the war games envisioned for next month. "I seriously doubt it", Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, told a Senate hearing Tuesday.

He died in February 2017, shortly after Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong accosted him as he checked in for a flight at Kuala Lumpur airport. Trump himself promised 'fire and fury' on the North, threatened war and said that an 'armada' was on its way to pummel North Korea.

The United States formally concluded Tuesday that North Korea murdered Kim Jong Un's half-brother with the banned VX nerve agent, blasting Pyongyang for deploying a chemical weapon in a packed international airport.

Wi Sung-lac, a former South Korean nuclear negotiator, said there needs to be clearer mutual understanding of the definition of denuclearization to facilitate future talks.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

But it also comes as a welcome glimmer of hope after months of talk emanating from Washington about military options for dealing with North Korea's nuclear advances.

The two sides have agreed the next summit will be held inside Peace House at Panmunjeom, the "truce village" that straddles the Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula.

Steam plumes were observed from the reactor in images from Feb. 17 and 28 and that such vapour plumes had "generally been a useful indicator of reactor operations", 38 North said in a report on Monday.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in sounded a note of caution yesterday over the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's offer of denuclearization talks, saying it was "too early to be optimistic", even as US President Donald Trump welcomed the development. He also said Mr Kim and liberal South Korean President Moon Jae-in will establish a "hotline" communication channel between them to lower military tensions, and would speak together before the planned summit. In a fit, a president who disdains embarrassment - who never wants to be branded a "loser" - strikes back at North Korea.

Analyst Cheong Seong-Chang at South Korea's Sejong Institute said the agreements "potentially pave the way for meaningful dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang" and offer an opportunity to stably manage the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear weapon and missile programs. So they should stop - just at least halt their program where it is right now.