US and North Korean officials met on the inter-Korean border on Sunday to discuss the return of remains.
"The sanctions are remaining".
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about his summit meeting in Finland with Russia's President Vladimir Putin at the start of a meeting with members of the U.S. Congress at the White House in Washington, July 17, 2018.
The Singapore summit was mainly about Trump's push to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons.
The women's arrival happened when South Korea was governed by a conservative government, which took a tough stance on the North's nuclear program.
North Korea's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) dropped 3.5 percent in 2017, the biggest drop since the 6.5 percent drop in 1997.
According to US military newspaper Stars and Stripes, North Korea has agreed to return as many as 55 sets of remains believed to be USA soldiers killed in the Korean War. "We have no time limit. We have no speed limit", the United States president told reporters.
The situation also worsened last year with worldwide experts fearing North Korea was facing the worst drought in 16 years, though late summer rains helped avoid acute food shortages.
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Ahead of the UN General Assembly, there has been talk of the possible three-way summit as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been cranking up diplomacy with the outside world apparently to get sanctions relief and ease global isolation, according to the report. We have - we're just going through the process.
Trump and Putin repeatedly mentioned their interest in North Korean disarmament in Monday's press conference, despite the fact that the USA and Russian Federation are the world's two largest nuclear powers.
"Discussions are ongoing and they're going very, very well".
The United States accused North Korea last week of breaching a U.N. sanctions cap on refined petroleum by making illicit transfers between ships at sea and demanded an immediate end to all sales of the fuel.
The North's state-run Uriminzokkiri website said that the reunion and overall inter-Korean ties will face "obstacles" if Seoul doesn't send back the women.
With Kim abandoning his Byungjin policy - the simultaneous pursuit of economic development and nuclear weapons capability - and vowing to focus on fostering the North's impoverished economy since March, he seems to be seeking the lifting of global sanctions imposed on Pyongyang through diplomacy, according to experts. Seoul has never repatriated any North Korean defector, though a handful of them reportedly returned home after failing to adapting to new lives in the South.
The talks between North Korea and the U.S. were held in Singapore on June 12, having been cancelled on May 24 before being reinstated.