News / UK and world by Press Association May 8, 2018, 12:30 pm Updated: May 8, 2018, 12:34 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Chinese president Xi Jinping has met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a northern Chinese port city, officials said. The meeting, held over Monday and Tuesday in Dalian, is the second between the two men in recent weeks following Mr Kim’s visit to Beijing in March, his first since taking power six years ago. China is North Korea’s only major ally, although trade between them has plummeted in recent months as Beijing enforces United Nations economic sanctions in response to the North’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests. The meeting between the two leaders comes as Mr Kim prepares to hold a historic summit with US president Donald Trump. China has been eager to assert its importance in the process of lowering tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Sign up to our Daily newsletter More from … [Read more...] about Chinese president Xi Jinping meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says Pyongyang has suspended its nuclear and long-range missile tests, and will shut down its atomic test site. "From April 21, North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs)," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said."The North will shut down a nuclear test site in the country's northern side to prove the vow to suspend nuclear test."The decision was made in a meeting of the ruling party's full Central Committee, which had convened to discuss a "new stage" of policies."The overall projects of the party and the country will be geared towards building of a socialist economy, and all our efforts will be made towards it," the KCNA said.:: Nobel Peace Prize for Trump over North Korea?Mr Kim told the committee: "As the weaponisation of nuclear weapons has been verified, it is not necessary for us to conduct any more nuclear tests or test launches of mid- and long-range missiles or ICBMs."The northern … [Read more...] about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promises no more nuclear or missile tests
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, attended a rare performance by South Korean singers on Sunday, in the latest of a series of diplomatic breakthroughs in an ongoing thaw between the two countries. The evening concert at the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre, the first visit by South Korean artists to the North Korean capital in over a decade, has been touted as another gesture of reconciliation before a scheduled summit between the leaders of the divided Korean Peninsula on April 27. The performance of the 160-strong delegation of K-pop bands and singers to 1,500 members of the Pyongyang elite overshadowed the start of annual joint military exercises between South Korea and the US, which have traditionally been a source of tension with the North. The drills, which were postponed by a month to avoid any disruption to the February Winter Olympics in South Korea, have been shortened and toned down this year to reflect a diplomatic détente on peninsula … [Read more...] about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attends ‘K-pop’ conference
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has agreed to hold a landmark summit with South Korea's president and impose a moratorium on nuclear and missile tests if his country holds talks with the US, a senior Seoul official said. Chung Eui-yong, South Korea's presidential national security director, said the two Koreas agreed to hold their third-ever summit at a tense border village in late April. He also said the leaders will establish a "hotline" communication channel to lower military tensions, and would speak together before the planned summit. Mr Chung led a 10-member South Korean delegation that met Mr Kim during a two-day visit to Pyongyang, North Korea's capital. They returned on Tuesday. US president Donald Trump cautiously welcomed "possible progress" in talks with North Korea. He tweeted: "For the first time in many years, a serious effort is being made by all parties concerned. The world is watching and waiting! May be false hope, but the US is ready to go hard in either direction!" … [Read more...] about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agrees to hold landmark summit with South Korea’s president
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister, Kim Yo-jong, is rumoured to be pregnant with her second child. The news surfaces as she wrapped up her visit to South Korea for the Winter Olympics ceremonies. There is no official word, and the South Korean government remains tight-lipped. Kim Yo-jong told South Korean officials about the pregnancy, local reports say, citing unnamed sources. "There is nothing that we've known of. That's the South Korean government's stance," said a spokesman for the South Korean unification ministry when asked about the reports. Speculation about the pregnancy emerged when Kim Yo-jong was reportedly spotted with a protruding belly covered by her coat in South Korea during the Olympic ceremonies. She also reportedly experienced some sort of discomfort during the trip. South Korean officials had said in 2015 that she could have given birth to either a niece or nephew for the North Korean leader. Though her pregnancy was confirmed by Seoul's spy agency, the birth … [Read more...] about Is North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s sister pregnant with second child?