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Trump says South Korea will not lift North Korea sanctions without U.S. approval

By David Brunnstrom and Joyce Lee

 

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U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Erie, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 10, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

 

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday South Korea will not lift sanctions on Pyongyang without U.S. approval, after the South Korean foreign minister softened earlier comments that some of its unilateral sanctions were under review.

 

Trump's rejection of South Korea easing sanctions alone outlines the official position of the United States and South Korea that the two countries remain in lockstep on North Korea.

 

He has encouraged U.S. allies to maintain sanctions on North Korea until it denuclearises as part of his administration's "maximum pressure" campaign against Pyongyang.

 

Asked about reports South Korea was considering lifting some sanctions against North Korea, Trump said: "They won't do it without our approval. They do nothing without our approval."

 

South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha suggested during a parliamentary audit on Wednesday that Seoul was considering easing its own sanctions against the North to encourage its denuclearisation.

 

South Korea imposed unilateral sanctions on the North in 2010 following an attack on a warship that killed 46 South Korean sailors, banning most bilateral trade and exchanges.

 

Kang later walked back her comments after they sparked criticism from some conservative lawmakers, claiming North Korea should first apologise for the attack.

 

The South Korean foreign ministry also officially denied that the government was reviewing the matter.

 

However, there are growing calls for easing sanctions.

 

China, Russia and North Korea believe it is necessary to consider adjusting U.N. sanctions against Pyongyang at an appropriate time, China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

 

In a rare confirmation of discord between Seoul and Washington, South Korea's Kang also said on Wednesday U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had expressed "discontent" with an inter-Korean military pact reached during a summit last month.

 

She said there were views in the United States regarding "adjusting the pace" of inter-Korean moves.

 

The drive for denuclearisation sprang from pledges made by Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at their historic summit in Singapore in June, although there has since been disagreement over how that would be achieved.

 

(Reporting by David Brunnstrom in WASHINGTON and Joyce Lee in SEOUL; Editing by Ju-min Park and Paul Tait)

 
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5 hours ago, webfact said:

"They won't do it without our approval. They do nothing without our approval."

a free lesson in High-Diplomacy, brought to you by sphincter-mouth

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I wonder what hammer trump is holding over south Korea’s head to make such a statement cause we know the only thing he knows is bulley bulley bulley!

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So... in the new world order, the US refuses to allow any impingement on its sovereignty (potentially being prepared to protect war suspected US war criminals from prosecution by international law) yet is determined to dictate the path that other sovereign countries must follow.

 

BURN IT... BURN IT ALL!!!

 

At some stage, even rabid republicans have to shake themselves awake... a good slapping behind the draw works is needed.

 

ammendment 25 !

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11 hours ago, Tug said:

I wonder what hammer trump is holding over south Korea’s head to make such a statement cause we know the only thing he knows is bulley bulley bulley!

The hammer is called "trade."

As part of a recent new deal, the US agreed to exempt South Korea from its new 25% tariff on global steel. https://www.vox.com/2018/9/24/17883506/trump-korea-trade-deal-korus

If Moon doesn't follow Trump's agenda, tariffs are on again.

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On 10/11/2018 at 5:47 AM, webfact said:

Trump says South Korea will not lift North Korea sanctions without U.S. approval

You can say what you like trump, but if South Korea decides to lift sanctions, that’s their call not yours. 

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37 minutes ago, Bluespunk said:

You can say what you like trump, but if South Korea decides to lift sanctions, that’s their call not yours. 

If SK breaks the US/SK alliance , US may "retaliate" by removing US troops and other defense mechanisms from SK .

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2 minutes ago, sanemax said:

If SK breaks the US/SK alliance , US may "retaliate" by removing US troops and other defense mechanisms from SK .

Nonetheless. 

 

trump does not dictate South Korea’s decision making process. 

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2 minutes ago, Bluespunk said:

Nonetheless. 

 

trump does not dictate South Korea’s decision making process. 

There is an alliance that opposes NK , led by the USA .

SK will not break that alliance by acting independently 

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13 minutes ago, sanemax said:

There is an alliance that opposes NK , led by the USA .

SK will not break that alliance by acting independently 

That is their decision to make or not make. 

 

trump has no say in the matter. 

 

South Korea does not require his approval to do so. 

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6 minutes ago, Bluespunk said:

That is their decision to make or not make. 

trump has no say in the matter. 

South Korea does not require his approval to do so. 

SK will not "go it alone"

SK will not break the alliance 

There are agreements in place between the USA and SK and SK will not break those agreements

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6 minutes ago, sanemax said:

SK will not "go it alone"

SK will not break the alliance 

There are agreements in place between the USA and SK and SK will not break those agreements

And if South Korea decides to break those agreements and decide their own policy decisions, they do not need trump’s approval. 

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3 minutes ago, Bluespunk said:

And if South Korea decides to break those agreements and decide their own policy decisions, they do not need trump’s approval. 

Unless SK want to face sanctions themselves from the USA , they will need Trumps approval before breaking their own sanctions on NK .

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Just now, sanemax said:

Unless SK want to face sanctions themselves from the USA , they will need Trumps approval before breaking their own sanctions on NK .

They still do not need trump’s approval to decide their own policies. 

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6 minutes ago, sanemax said:

No one has claimed that they do 

Trump did. 

 

“Trump said: "They won't do it without our approval. They do nothing without our approval."

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1 minute ago, Bluespunk said:

Trump did. 

 

“Trump said: "They won't do it without our approval. They do nothing without our approval."

You stated that they "need" . Trump stated that they "wont"

SK do not "need" Trumps approval before deciding on their Countries polices .

SK "wont" break their sanctions without Trumps approval .

Yes they can, but they wont , is the point 

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24 minutes ago, sanemax said:

You stated that they "need" . Trump stated that they "wont"

SK do not "need" Trumps approval before deciding on their Countries polices .

SK "wont" break their sanctions without Trumps approval .

Yes they can, but they wont , is the point 

trump is wrong.

 

South Korea will act as they wish, they do not need his approval. 

 

They will act as they wish, with or without his approval. 

 

To say, as trump did, another will not act without your approval is to say they need your approval. 

 

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1 minute ago, Bluespunk said:

trump is wrong.

South Korea will act as they wish, they do not need his approval. 

They will act as they wish, with or without his approval. 

 

As stated previously , Trump didnt suggest that SK NEED his approval .

He stated that they WONT , there is a difference between saying "will not" and "can not"

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1 minute ago, sanemax said:

As stated previously , Trump didnt suggest that SK NEED his approval .

He stated that they WONT , there is a difference between saying "will not" and "can not"

I agree he didn’t suggest they need his approval. 

 

He is saying they cannot act without it. 

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3 minutes ago, Bluespunk said:

I agree he didn’t suggest they need his approval. 

 

He is saying they cannot act without it. 

Trump didnt say that they "cannot " act without his approval .

Trump is saying that they "will not" act without his approval .

Its quite apparent that you cannot tell the difference between the two sentences

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3 minutes ago, sanemax said:

Trump didnt say that they "cannot " act without his approval .

Trump is saying that they "will not" act without his approval .

Its quite apparent that you cannot tell the difference between the two sentences

“Asked about reports South Korea was considering lifting some sanctions against North Korea, Trump said: "They won't do it without our approval. They do nothing without our approval."

 

Clearly saying they need his approval. 

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2 hours ago, Bluespunk said:

“Asked about reports South Korea was considering lifting some sanctions against North Korea, Trump said: "They won't do it without our approval. They do nothing without our approval."

 

Clearly saying they need his approval. 

In regard to the NK issue , there is a united front led by the USA , dealing with the NK issue . All those in the coalition are acting together , so, in that respect, SK will not do anything without the approval of the USA .

  SK will not lift any sanctions until the USA give approval .

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1 hour ago, sanemax said:

In regard to the NK issue , there is a united front led by the USA , dealing with the NK issue . All those in the coalition are acting together , so, in that respect, SK will not do anything without the approval of the USA .

  SK will not lift any sanctions until the USA give approval .

None of that matters. 

 

South Korea does not need his approval for any decisions they should choose to make. 

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3 minutes ago, Bluespunk said:

None of that matters. 

 

South Korea does not need his approval for any decisions they should choose to make. 

 In regard to lifting sanctions , SK does need to approval of the USA to do so

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1 minute ago, sanemax said:

 In regard to lifting sanctions , SK does need to approval of the USA to do so

South Korea could act in any manner it wishes regarding sanctions. 

 

If it wishes to lift them on their part, that is their decision. 

 

They do not need trump’s approval to do so. 

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