US blocking North Korea’s airspace reopening efforts for civil aviation

The second summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is just days away and amid such timing it is learned United States is continuing with negotiating tactics to maintain sanctions pressure on the country.

Reuters report citing sources Washington is blocking efforts of North Korea with the help UN agency to improve civil aviation and reopen airspace to foreign flights.

Trump is looking for concrete commitments from Kim in the upcoming submit in Vietnam to abandon nuclear and missile programs completely.

Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) of United Nations is working on efforts to reopen part of North Korean airspace to facilitate a new air route passing through North and South Korean airspace.

Currently airlines avoid the North Korean airspace due to unannounced missile launch threats.

If the North Korean airspace is reopened, airlines will save on fuel as well as time on some routes and commercial aviation industry in the region could be revived.

North Korea is under number of sanctions for its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and economy of the country is squeezed.

ICAO is leading training sessions between the military and civil aviation staff to help North Korea reopen the airspace.

The sources also add the country has asked to the agency for access to US-produced aeronautical charts.

Paul Linus