He didn’t confirm the recent reports suggesting the regime’s leader could visit Russia in November.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert did not offer an explanation as to why the talks would be postponed, but two diplomatic sources told CNN that the move was clearly a signal that North Korea has not been willing to cooperate with the US’s expectations up to this point.
The US has been looking for some sort of concession from Pyongyang — such as opening sites connected to its nuclear program for inspections — before going forward with a second summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim, the two sources said.
South Korea and North Korea have raised yellow flags at 22 guard posts near their heavily fortified border as a first step to commence their dismantlement, local media reported on Sunday citing South Korean Defense Ministry officials.
(10.März 2002) WASHINGTON — The Bush administration, in a secret policy review completed early this year, has ordered the Pentagon to draft contingency plans for the use of nuclear weapons against at least seven countries, naming not only Russia and the „axis of evil“–Iraq, Iran, and North Korea–but also China, Libya and Syria.
In addition, the U.S. Defense Department has been told to prepare for the possibility that nuclear weapons may be required in some future Arab-Israeli crisis. And, it is to develop plans for using nuclear weapons to retaliate against chemical or biological attacks, as well as „surprising military developments“ of an unspecified nature.
During the talks, the two sides will discuss the inter-Korean sports exchange, including the joint participation in the international sports event such as the 2020 Summer Olympics.
The sports delegations will also discuss issues on the joint hosting by the two Koreas of the 2032 Summer Olympics, the ministry said.
▪ Seoul, Pyeongyang holding forestry talks at joint liaison office ▪ Final decision on suspension of S. Korea-U.S. air drill to be determined at joint security meeting ▪ Blue House hopeful for both next inter-Korean and Kim-Trump summits
‚It is only a matter of time before Pyeongyang and Washington call it an end to the state of war on the divided peninsula,‘ said President Moon Jae-in,… just a day before embarking on a tour around Europe, where Moon is expected to seek support for establishing permanent peace in Northeast Asia.
South Korea is cranking up its mediation diplomacy to keep North Korea on a denuclearization track and squelch growing U.S. skepticism about its engagement with the communist state, analysts in Seoul said Thursday.
In a statement, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Kim had invited inspectors to visit the Punggye-ri nuclear test site to confirm it had been irreversibly dismantled.
I look forward to working closely with our #ROK friends and allies to ensure progress on inter-Korean relations is in lockstep with progress on denuclearization. @StateDept
Pompeo met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on the eve of his fourth visit to North Korea, during which he’ll be looking to arrange a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and plot a path forward on denuclearization. Japan, notably, has been wary of Trump’s initiative, fearing it could affect its long-standing security relationship with the U.S.
(28.9.2018) Given the Trump administration’s goal of a complete, verifiable denuclearization of North Korea during President Trump’s first term, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is eager to maintain U.S.-North Korean engagement. As he prepares for upcoming discussions with the North Koreans, he is leaving one tool conspicuously on the table: the prospect of an official declaration to end the Korean War.
He went on to explain: “I repeated it but it was a comment that had been made by the leaders who had their inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang. They talked about 2021 when they were gathered there. So I was reiterating this as a timeline that they were potentially prepared to agree to.” Pompeo is set to visit Pyongyang on Sunday for nuclear negotiations, his first trip since an earlier one was canceled by Trump over a lack of progress.
South Korea is proposing that the United States hold off on a demand for an inventory of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and accept the verified closure of a key North Korean nuclear facility as a next step in the negotiations, Seoul’s top diplomat said in an interview with The Washington Post.
They also talked about U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s planned visit to Pyeongyang next month and even the proposed second North Korea-U.S. summit. The meetings were held after Pompeo revealed he invited North Korean officials to meet Biegun in Vienna at the „earliest opportunity.“
„The leaders agreed to continue communicating closely about corresponding measures,“ said Kim Eui-kyeom, a spokesman for South Korea’s presidential office Cheong Wa Dae. In their bilateral summit held in New York, the leaders of South Korea and the United States also agreed on the need to show North Korea a bright future following its denuclearization.
Speaking to Fox News on Sunday, Pompeo said the Trump administration is working diligently to achieve many outcomes regarding denuclearization,…adding negotiations are underway, although the details have not been provided to the press.
The North Korea ball is thoroughly back in Washington’s court.
That was the message from South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday during a news conference in Seoul to cap a historic trip to Pyongyang.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a broad agreement on Wednesday morning in Pyongyang that both said would usher in a new era of peace on the Korean Peninsula.
(24.8.2018) „Things will definitely get complicated if (and) when the diplomacy seriously stalls,“ said Oliver Hotham, managing editor of the Korea Risk Group. „There will definitely be those in (Seoul) who will be furious with the US.“
Kim said he and Moon agreed to remove all nuclear weapons and threats from the Korean Peninsula.
„The September declaration will open a higher level for the improvement in relations (between the South and the North) … and bring closer the era of peace and prosperity,“ Kim said of his agreement signed with Moon after their two-day talks in Pyongyang.
The joint declaration, later released by Seoul’s presidential office Cheong Wa Dae, showed the North’s agreement on denuclearization steps.
TWO KOREAS TO SIGN MILITARY AGREEMENT TO CARRY OUT PANMUNJOM DECLARATION
President Moon capped off the second day of the summit by attending perhaps North Korea’s most famous cultural product, the Mass Games. Not only did he attend, he became the first South Korean leader to deliver a speech to a mass North Korean audience, in this case, numbering some 150-thousand people. We’ll now listen to that in its entirety.
Citizens of Pyeongyang, I am very glad to see you all here tonight. As the president of South Korea, I feel deeply honored to speak to you. As you can see with your own eyes, we are opening a new era together. My fellow Koreans, Chairman Kim Jong-un and I had an encounter full of meaning at Panmunjeom on April 27th. We had a warm embrace. And today, we have agreed that there will be no more war on the Korean Peninsula. Therefore, we have solemnly announced both to our 80 million fellow Koreans and to the international community that a new era of peace has dawned on the Peninsula. We have also affirmed the principle of national self-determination, that we ourselves will determine the fate of our people.
Also, we have firmly promised to advance a future of common prosperity, to independently restore our blood-based ties, and to develop inter-Korean relations in a thorough and dramatic way. This fall, I, President Moon Jae-in, decided to make this trip to Pyeongyang. Dear citizens of Pyeongyang, Chairman Kim Jong-un and I have agreed specifically to completely eliminate the threat and fear of war on the Korean Peninsula. In addition, from Mt. Baekdusan to Mt. Hallasan, we promised to leave our future generations this beautiful land, free of nuclear weapons and nuclear threats. And we will quickly take steps to fundamentally end the suffering of separated families before it’s too late. I send generous applause and thanks to Chairman Kim, who is walking along with me towards a new future. Dear citizens of Pyeongyang, on this visit, I have witnessed the remarkable development of this city. I have seen the kind of nation you are trying to build, how much you strive for peace and your bravery in hard times. Dear fellow citizens, we are great. We are strong. We love peace. And we should live together. We lived together for over 5,000 years and have been separated for 70 years. I propose today to completely end this 70-year separation and take a big step towards peace. Chairman Kim and I will firmly join hands and work to build a new fatherland. Let us move into a new future together. I would like to thank the many Pyeongyang citizens, young people, students and children who have warmly welcomed our delegation.
The director of South Korea’s National Intelligence Agency, Suh Hoon, is due to meet tomorrow with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo… to brief him on his recent visit to North Korea. Suh left for Tokyo this morning. It’s expected that he’ll convey Kim Jong-un’s reported willingness to denuclearize and ask for Japan’s support in reviving talks between Pyongyang and Washington to that end.
Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers‘ Party of Korea, ordered to promote the military ranks of commanding officers of the Korean People’s Army on Saturday on the occasion of the 70th founding anniversary of the DPRK.
Warmly greeting the delegation were Choe Ryong Hae, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK, vice-chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and vice-chairman of the WPK Central Committee, Ri Su Yong, member of the Political Bureau and vice-chairman of the WPK Central Committee, Kim Yo Jong, alternate member of the Political Bureau and first vice-department director of the WPK Central Committee, Kim Song Nam, first vice-department director of the WPK Central Committee, Ri Kil Song, vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, officials concerned and Li Jinjun, Chinese ambassador to the DPRK, and his embassy officials.
Instead,… this year’s celebrations focused on the the regime’s economy. Civilians paraded across the square with floats displaying messages about socialism. And although there was no speech from the North Korean leader himself,… the ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong-nam , addressed the public with a softer tone,… emphasizing the regime’s initiatives for economic reform. Experts say that as long as the momentum for dialogue continues,… North Korea will hold back on its nuclear ambitions, and concentrate more on its economic growth and improving the lives of its people. Park Hee-jun, Arirang News.
It’s a big day for North Korea, Ji-yeon,… as the regime turns 70 today. We hear that the parade already ended after beginning at around 10AM. But we’re still waiting to hear the specifics,… especially on the military display, what kinds of weapons it featured, and whether North Korean leader Kim Jong-un gave out a public message.
It’s still not known, though, exactly why North Korea stopped holding the Games and decided to revive them this year.
Kim reviewed the procession from a balcony in Kim Il Sung Square, alongside other senior officials, including Li Zhanshu, a special envoy sent by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Kim and Li locked hands and raised arms at the end of the event.
(30.8.2018) Investigative news outlet Vox cited „multiple sources familiar with the negotiations“ as saying Trump made the promise during his summit with Kim in Singapore in June.
The report said Trump made the promise and later qualified it by asking North Korea to dismantle most of its nuclear arsenal first.
South Korean officials announced on Thursday that a deal has been reached to hold a summit in Pyongyang from September 18-20. The summit is to focus on “practical measures” which could be taken for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
The U.S. must realize that the more the inter-Korean relations improve, the better way the U.S. would have, and if things of other countries and nations go well, its things would also go well.
In view of the prestige of the DPRK in the international politics and the geo-political position of the Korean peninsula, the inter-Korean relations can be termed a key link in the chain of the world politics, and if the knot in the inter-Korean relations is untied, it will not be bad but good for the U.S.
However, after the phone conversation, the Blue House was cautious to confirm that President Moon will, in fact, attend the General Assembly; while White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said the two leaders agreed to meet later this month. The Blue House said in a separate readout that the two leaders agreed to quote „explore the idea of meeting in person“ on the sidelines of the General Assembly in New York.
Hojun, so we hear that the envoys met with the North Korean leader?
That’s right, Daniel. Their encounter was confirmed when the Blue House press corps received a text message from Cheong Wa Dae spokesperson Kim Eui-kyeom less than two hours ago, in which he said South Korea’s special delegation did, in fact, meet with Kim Jong-un to deliver President Moon Jae-in’s personal letter,… and that they exchanged opinions. The Blue House also confirmed that the special envoys will leave Pyongyang after they attend a dinner; but it’s still unclear who the host is.
Japan held a “secret” meeting with North Korea in Vietnam in July without informing the United States, according to media reports.
Talks were reportedly held between Shigeru Kitamura, head of Japan’s Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office, and Kim Song-hye, a senior North Korean official in charge of reunification.
„I believe President Moon’s role has only become greater,“ the official from the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said when asked about any possible change to Moon’s scheduled trip after U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday abruptly called off Pompeo’s visit.
For the full implementation of the declaration, the adoption of war-end declaration is a task that brooks no further delay. Its adoption is of weighty significance in ensuring the peace and security of the Korean peninsula and the world, to say nothing of the confidence-building between the DPRK and the U.S. and the improvement of their relations.
There is no need to read someone’s face and hesitate over the implementation of the declaration related to the destiny and interests of the Korean nation.
The two Koreas‘ Red Cross chiefs have agreed to hold another family reunions event as early as October.
Park Kyung-seo, the head of the South Korean Red Cross, said Saturday that he made the agreement with his North Korean counterpart during their talks on the sidelines of a meeting of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War at the North’s Mount Kumgang resort.
Let’s go to our Kan Hyeong-woo who is at the Unification Observatory in Goseong, South Korea, right next to the border. Hyeong-woo, what’s the atmosphere like? and give us the details on the agenda for today.
Well Ji-yeon, as you could imagine… seeing their long-lost relatives for the first time in decades and having to be apart again,… words cannot describe how heartbreaking it must be.
Sixty-seven-year-old Cho Jung-ki from the South, meeting his 88-year old father from the North,… whom he’d never seen before Friday… as his father was separated from his wife when she was three months pregnant,… is concerned about his father’s health. „This is red ginseng made in South Korea. There’s red ginseng in North Korea, but please make sure you drink it. It’s good for you. “
South Korea’s foreign ministry has responded,…. saying it will not analyze every single change in the situation, but look at the longer-term picture.
Lu said China supports the United States and the DPRK in actively advancing the process of political settlement to the issue according to the consensus reached by the two countries‘ leaders in Singapore. However, he added that all relevant parties should stick to the direction of political settlement, and show more sincerity and flexibility, instead of being fickle or laying the blame on others.
Meanwhile, while describing the postponement of Pompeo’s trip as a setback, South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said it expects China to continue serving a „constructive role“ in international efforts to solve the nuclear crisis and noted that Beijing continues to express commitment to fully implement sanctions against the North.
Elderly North and South Koreans wept and embraced each other on Friday at a second round of temporary reunions of family members separated for decades by the Korean War.
The first meal in over six decades with long-lost family members started by cheering „love and peace“ together. Addressing the family banquet,.. the President of the South Korean Red Cross Park Kyung-seo said the reunion of war-separated families is one of the most imminent, humanitarian tasks,… stressing the Red Cross of the two Koreas will continue to work together on the matter.
One of the most heart wrenching moments was when one participant recognized a relative she’d never known.
Yes Daniel. Son Kyung-cheol and his sisters met with their aunt in the North, Moon Seong-ok . Now although she is an aunt they have never seen before, they all burst into tears the moment they saw her as Moon looks just like their late mother, who passed away 5 years ago.
Steve has had extensive career in foreign policy and in tough negotiating settings as well. He comes to us from his position as the vice president of international government affairs for the Ford Motor Company. In this job, he closely engaged foreign governments to advance Ford’s goals all around the world. He will now employ the same skill and dedication on behalf of the American people to make sure that their interests are well served in respect to North Korea.
Steve also spent nearly two decades doing foreign policy work on Capitol Hill and in the executive branch. His positions have included national security advisor to former Senate Majority Leader Senator Bill Frist. He was the executive secretary at the National Security Council under President George W. Bush and the chief of staff at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Secretary Pompeo announces Steve Biegun as the Special Representative for North Korea, at the Department of State on August 23, 2018.
This morning, the participants had told the pool reporters there that they feel quite melancholy and sentimental as their reunions draws near to an end. Recalling their get-togethers over the past couple of days,… they said… they just could know that the North Korean participants were indeed their relatives… and could recognize the faces they saw when young… despite all the wrinkles.
It is important for the DPRK to improve the relations with the U.S. as soon as possible, but the former thinks that more pressing task is to handle the divided and confusion-ridden U.S. political landscape.
The present deadlock of the DPRK-U.S. relations demands a bold decision on the part of President Trump.
As President Trump admitted, the “fantastic meeting”, realized by no other president in the history of America, could come to success to be greatly cheered and welcomed by the world and American people because he acted with his own decision and will, not wavering by the opposition’s offensive nor blindly following his aides’ view.
North Korea on Tuesday reiterated its demand for the declaration of an official end to the 1950-53 Korean War, the country’s leading Rodong Sinmun newspaper reported, amid U.S. President Donald Trump’s indication that he will most likely meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un again.
The Rodong Sinmun of the ruling Workers‘ Party said in a commentary, „The declaration of an end to the war is a task that cannot be postponed in the implementation of the Panmunjom Declaration.“
One of them is 89-year old Yoo Gwan-sik. He’s meeting his 67-year daughter, whom he’s never seen before. Yoo said… he didn’t even know his wife was pregnant when he decided to escape North Korea temporarily,… or so he thought. It was a decision that changed his life. After that he never saw his wife again, and never got to meet his daughter until now. Another story is heart-wrenching. 92-year old Lee Geum-seom ,… who’s meeting her 71-year old son.
A life-long wait comes to an end for a select few divided families, thanks to a conciliatory mood on the Peninsula. Some 90 South Koreans were selected from a pool of tens of thousands who applied,… and they finally met their relatives today.
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Only one place to start this morning…. and that’s with the reunion of separated families that begins in a matter of hours. It’s the first such event in three years. The families heading north as we speak have lived with the painful thought that they might pass away before seeing their loved ones again. But, finally, this afternoon,… that will change for the roughly 90 South Koreans who were selected from a pool of tens of thousands of South Koreans who applied.
When he met with representatives of political parties in Seoul on Thursday, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea said that negotiations between the United States and North Korea have recently gained “speed,” with Mr. Pompeo planning to visit North Korea again, according to Yun So-ha, an opposition leader, who briefed reporters on the meeting.
On Thursday, Mr. Pompeo said his team was “continuing to make progress” with the North Koreans, and said he hoped that “we can make a big step here before too long.”
Choe Ryong-hae, known as North Korea’s second most powerful man, is visiting Cuba to discuss ways to improve the countries‘ bilateral relationship, a wire report said Friday.
Back in April, during their historic summit, the two Koreas agreed to stop all hostile acts against each other, and reduce military tensions. Now, they’ve moved another step closer to that goal. Military communication lines in the east have been fully reconnected. Park Ji-won has the latest. South Korea’s defense ministry announced that inter-Korean military communication lines for the eastern part of the Korean Peninsula were completely restored as of Wednesday. All functions of the line, such as phone call and fax functions, are now working as normal.
North Korea and the United States held their latest working-level talks at the truce village of Panmunjom over the weekend, a diplomatic source said Tuesday, amid news reports that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit the North again.
„We agreed to hold an inter-Korean summit within September in Pyongyang“ the two Koreas said in a joint press statement issued after the meeting.
North Korea’s chief delegate, Ri Son-gwon, hinted after the meeting that the two sides agreed on a date but decided not to announce it, only to emphasize that the summit will take place „within September.“
The logistical details of the third inter-Korean summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are likely to be determined during a high-level official meeting on Monday, the presidential spokesman said.
„We expect the date, venue and size of the South Korean delegation to be agreed on during the high-level talks tomorrow in light of the April 27 Panmunjom Declaration,“ Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said Sunday in a press briefing.
The other South Korean delegates are from the Presidential Office of Cheong Wa Dae and the Prime Minister’s Office. Pyongyang is sending a five-member delegation, led by the head of the regime’s reunification committee, Ri Son-gwon. Also included are senior North Korean officials in charge of environment, railways and economic cooperation. The two Koreas are holding the high-level talks to plan the next and third inter-Korean summit of the year.
Staying with Monday’s high level talks.
Some speculate the third round of inter-Korean summit cold take place much earlier than intially agreed upon, judging by the timing of North Korea’s request to hold the meeting between high ranking officials.
For details let’s turn to our Oh Jung-hee.
In a meeting with President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on Wednesday, Ri Yong-ho said Washington’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and the subsequent reimposition of the bans that had been lifted based on the multilateral agreement are wrongful and in contravention of international regulations.
The repatriated person is a 34-year-old, whose surname is Suh, said Seoul’s unification ministry. He entered North Korea late last month, the ministry said, citing a message from the North.
The person crossed into the South at 11 a.m., it added.
Further details were not available immediately.
„It seems unlikely that a joint declaration to officially end the Korean War will materialize sometime soon. The South wants to see quick progress. But the United States, which holds the key, wants the North to specify a detailed timetable for dismantling its nuclear weapons,“ said Bong Young-shik, a North Korean expert at Seoul’s Yonsei University.
South Korea’s foreign ministry confirmed the entry of the ship itself but said it’s carrying Russian coal.
„There has been no confirmation of a violation of the (U.N.) Security Council resolution in an inspection of the ship by related authorities,“ the ministry’s spokesman Noh Kyu-duk said at a press briefing.
„We are asking North Korea to speed up its denuclearization process. And to the U.S., we are asking that it show sincere efforts about corresponding measures that North Korea is demanding,“ Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told reporters when asked what his government thought about a possible impasse in denuclearization talks between Washington and Pyongyang.
South Korea is urging the U.S. and North Korea to compromise with each other more quickly in order to secure a deal to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.
한중 북핵 수석대표 협의서 완전한 비핵화 및 항구적 평화 정착 논의
Seoul and Beijing’s nuke envoys met to discuss denuclearization and ways to establish lasting peace on the Peninsula. Lee Do-hoon,… representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs,… and his Chinese counterpart, Kong Xuanyou…, reaffirmed their goal of Pyongyang’s complete denuclearization and permanent peace — as promised by the regime during the summits with the South and the U.S.
The chair’s statement from the ASEAN Regional Forum has not yet been released,… but many are keeping a close eye on whether it will reflect North Korea’s statement, in which Ri said that to move forward, Washington must take a new approach to build confidence… and implement all the points of the joint statement in a balanced, simultaneuous and phased way. Pompeo was reportedly not in his seat during the remarks at the ARF because of his schedule. And though the much anticipated sitdown between him and Ri Yong-ho did not take place either,… the atmosphere did not seem hostile at all.
The U.S. is pressing the North to take concrete denuclearization steps, beyond a show of dismantling nuclear and missile testing sites in the absence of international experts.
The North says it has done a lot, and the Trump administration should reciprocate.
Jangho, yes, at the press center North Korean officials came over and handed out North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong-ho’s statement during the ASEAN Regional Forum. The statement emphasized the importance of building confidence between Pyongyang and Washington in fully implementing the Joint Statement signed by their two leaders. It also said that only when the U.S. ensures that the North feels comfortable, will Pyongyang be able to open their minds to the U.S. and show the desired moves in action. It reprimanded the U.S. for raising its voice louder over maintaining sanctions against the regime,… and asked the ARF member states to respond to Pyongyang’s goodwill measures for a turnaround of the situation on the Korean Peninsula.
State-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Friday that North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho will make an official visit to Iran soon, after participating in Saturday’s ASEAN Regional Forum meeting.
The news agency did not disclose further details about the upcoming visit of the North Korean political delegation to Iran.
While many had been curious if Pyongyang and Washington will meet this week,… no official announcement has been made by either side. But Pompeo will be meeting with South Korea’s foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha Saturday morning. An interesting thing to note, is that all key players surrounding the geopolitical situation on the Korean Peninsula, namely the two Koreas, the U.S. and China, will all gather in just a moment, as Singapore hosts a gala dinner for the participants of this year’s forum. That’s all from me for now Daniel.
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho began his trip to Singapore on Friday to attend an annual forum hosted by a group of Southeast Asian countries amid speculation about whether he will meet bilaterally with his South Korean and U.S. counterparts.
They started their joint training Wednesday at the Jincheon National Training Center in Jincheon, 90 kilometers south of Seoul, and opened their practice to pool reporters at the same venue Thursday.
South Korea earlier asked for the U.N. to consider exemptions from sanctions as the two Koreas are working to open the liaison office in the North’s border town of Kaesong within this month.
The waiver request is intended to address possible problems that could arise in the process of the operation of the office such as fuel supply to generate electricity for people and facilities there.
SINGAPORE – South Korea will seek the support of countries in the region at this week’s Asean-led meetings to encourage Pyongyang to deliver on its vow to denuclearise, and hold it to account if necessary.
They’re scheduled to exchange the final lists on Saturday.
North Korea’s media reported on Wednesday on military talks the two Koreas held a day earlier to discuss measures to ease cross-border tension.
U.S. spy agencies are seeing signs that North Korea is constructing new missiles at a factory that produced the country’s first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, according to officials familiar with the intelligence.
South and North Korea will hold another round of talks between their generals tomorrow at the border village of Panmunjom,… nearly 50 days after the previous general-level inter-Korean military talks were held. .
This year, a key topic will likely be developments on the Korean Peninsula. As the FMs of both Koreas and Washington are at the same city, many are watching if they will get together.
From here on, it’s expected that North Korea and the U.S. will focus on finding a middle ground between the U.S. giving the regime a security guarantee through measures like ending the Korean War… and Pyongyang taking steps to denuclearize. This week, the foreign ministers of the two Koreas, the U.S., and China will all be attending the ASEAN Regional Forum in Singapore.
“I want to thank Chairman Kim for keeping his word,” the president said. “We have many others coming, but I want to thank Chairman Kim in front of the media for fulfilling a promise he made to me. And I’m sure he will continue to fulfill that promise as they search and search and search.”
▪ South and North Korean generals to meet again next Tuesday ▪ Seoul’s Ministry of National Defense unveils its long-planned military reform scheme Friday ▪ Seoul’s unification minister discusses denuclearization, inter-Korean relations with U.S. Secy. of State ▪
Ri formerly held the four-star position before he was briefly demoted deputy chief and three stars for an unspecified reason in 2016.
His return adds the recent appointments of No Kwang Chol, first vice defense minister, as the defense chief, and Army General Kim Su Gil as director of the military’s powerful General Political Bureau.
South and North Korea have agreed to hold general-level military talks next week to discuss measures to enforce the military part of their April summit agreement, Seoul’s defense ministry said Friday.
The talks will take place at the Peace House, a South Korea-controlled building at the border truce village of Panmunjom, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.