QBullet: SC Reserves Verdict on Rafale; PM Modi Meets US VP Pence

QBullet: SC Reserves Verdict on Rafale; PM Modi Meets US VP Pence

Pence said Thursday that the meeting would "put details on paper" for denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and the US would continue putting "maximum pressure" on North Korea until then.

Vice President Mike Pence told NBC News that the second meeting between the two leaders will be about creating a "verifiable plan" to disclose the sites.

Pence stressed the "steadfast and enduring" American commitment to the Indo-Pacific region as he met with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations during their annual summit in Singapore. On trade - on which the Trump administration has adopted a strident position globally - Mr Modi reminded the USA vice-president that American exports to India had risen by 50 per cent in the past two years, with India importing $4 billion of United States oil and gas this year.

Ambassador Cho Yoon-je told reporters the USA views the cancellation as a "postponement" and is in talks with the North to reschedule the meeting.

Southeast Asian countries and others in the region share China's consternation over the Trump administration's rejection of multilateral trade regimes and the global trade system that has helped them modernize and enrich their economies.

The bases could be used to launch short-range as well as intercontinental ballistic missiles said the report, cited by Bloomberg.

North Korea had entered into agreements with regional powers in 1994 and in 2005 to dismantle its nuclear program in return for economic benefits and diplomatic rewards, but those deals broke down after Pyongyang clandestinely continued to pursue building weapons of mass destruction.

The vice president also highlighted the United States' "pressure campaign" on North Korea, its "commitment to uphold the freedom of the seas and skies" and determination to ensure that Southeast Asian nations are secure in their sovereign borders, on land, and at sea in the digital world.

A second summit between Trump and Kim was also on the agenda.

Pence told NBC News that the USA will not require North Korea to provide a complete list of its nuclear sites and weapons prior to the meeting. -North Korea summit, as Washington maintains its "maximum pressure" against Pyongyang.

The prime minister said that in the last 2 years - since President Donald Trump has assumed office -American exports to India have grown 50% and it is perhaps the only one of the top 10 countries with which the USA has a trade deficit, and the deficit has actually reduced last year and is on course to further reduce this year, Gokhale said.

North Korea has not tested a nuclear device or ballistic missile since previous year, and has said it has closed its main nuclear test site, with plans to dismantle several more facilities.

The North Koreans have increasingly called for sanctions relief, while the United States has insisted that denuclearization comes first.

Cho, who is expected to meet U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday, said it was important to have patience and to continue dialogue. -North Korean summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is likely after the beginning of the year. Moon has been keen to agree such a declaration by the year-end, but Washington has linked it to progress on denuclearization.

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