South resumes supplying water in North Korean border town

Sergio Conner
October 11, 2018

The Vatican insisted at the time that a papal visit would only be possible if Catholic priests were accepted in North Korea.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be held after U.S. congressional elections on November 6.

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

North Korea strictly controls the religious activities of its people, and a similar invitation for then-Pope John Paul II to visit after a 2000 inter-Korean summit never resulted in a meeting.

Francis visited South Korea in August 2014.

"Yao is a star among North Koreans", Lu Chao, a research fellow at the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences, told the newspaper - later adding that the Chinese player would probably have a bigger impact than Rodman in North Korea.

By showing up in a new Rolls Royce Kim managed to mock Pompeo and the Trump administration's attempts to isolate North Korea.

Affatato said Catholics meet in a church in Pyongyang, one of three churches that exist in North Korea. Rodman later said Kim was a "friend for life". "Beijing is showing its strength and ability to negotiate politically with North Korea at its whim, and showing the U.S. its geopolitical strength in the region". There was speculation during that trip that Rodman might be acting as an unofficial envoy for the Trump administration, though members of the administration denied this.

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He returned home without setting a definite date for the next meeting between Trump and Kim, though he did convince the North Korean leader to allow inspectors to visit the country's nuclear test site and confirm its demolition. "I just want them to talk", Rodman said during a television interview hours after the summit.

The high-profile sporting display of friendship followed in the footsteps of inter-Korean sport. -North Korea summit failed to flesh out the details of a denuclearization deal.

Trump said Tuesday that a second summit will be held after the November 6 USA midterm elections in one of three or four possible locations.

South Korea's presidential office said in a statement that Kim told President Moon Jae-in during their summit last month that the pope would be "enthusiastically" welcomed in North Korea.

The Trump administration maintains it's made good progress on getting North Korea to denuclearize despite no verifiable actions towards this taking place.

The joint call for easing sanctions echoes similar statements from the three countries in recent months following frequent diplomatic consultations between the DPRK and its two closest allies this year.

The Kaesong factory park was a major symbol of cooperation between the Koreas and an important income source for North Korea before the South's previous conservative government shut it down in February 2016 following a North Korean nuclear test and long-range rocket launch.

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