South Korean president Moon Jae-in has said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un committed in the rivals’ surprise meeting to sitting down with President Donald Trump and to a “complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”.The Korean leaders’ second summit in a month saw bear hugs and broad smiles, but their quickly arranged meeting appears to highlight a sense of urgency on both sides of the world’s most heavily armed border.At the White House, Mr Trump said negotiations over a potential June 12 summit with Mr Kim that he had earlier cancelled are “going along very well”.Mr Trump told reporters that they are still considering Singapore as the venue for their talks. He said there is a “lot of good will” and denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula would be “a great thing”.The Koreas’ talks, which Mr Moon said Mr Kim requested, capped a whirlwind 24 hours of diplomatic back-and-forth.It allowed Mr Moon to push … [Read more...] about Seoul: North Korea committed to US summit and denuclearisation
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DONALD Trump has agreed to a historic meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. The pair have never seen eye-to-eye, particularly on the reclusive state's nuclear armament issues, so how will it go down and when will they meet? When and where will Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un meet? The US president and North Korean leader are aiming to meet in June 2018. Kim says he wants to meet "as soon as possible" while the White House initially said Trump's meeting with Kim would take place "at a place and time to be determined". Speaking to reporters on March 27, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the administration was working on the meeting but hinted that it may not take place by May. She said: "The offer was extended and accepted and we are continuing to move forward in that process. We still don't have a set time or date on that front." When was Mike Pompeo's secret meeting? On April 17 Trump revealed top US officials have been holding direct talks with North … [Read more...] about Has Donald Trump met North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and when was Mike Pompeo’s secret meeting?
Picture: AFP Seoul. North Korea has achieved its goal of developing a nuclear arsenal and is suspending further tests of atomic weapons or intercontinental ballistic missiles, its state-run media reported, citing leader Kim Jong Un, Bloomberg reports. Kim said the regime’s nuclear test site will be shuttered, according to the Korean Central News Agency. Punggye-ri, built in a secluded mountain valley northeast of Pyongyang and the site for all six of the regime’s nuclear blasts, has already been in doubt amid signs of structural weakness, and some observers have said it would be unsafe to do more tests there. © 2018 All rights reserved. Citing Focus Information Agency is mandatory! … [Read more...] about Bloomberg: North Korea Set to Mothball Nuclear Site, Suspend Missile Tests
SEOUL—North Korea’s cyber army, long considered a midlevel security threat, is quietly morphing into one of the world’s most sophisticated and dangerous hacking machines. Over the past 18 months, the nation’s fingerprints have appeared in an increasing number of cyberattacks, the skill level of its hackers has rapidly improved and their targets have become more worrisome, a Wall Street Journal examination of the program reveals. As recently as March, suspected North Korean hackers appear to have infiltrated Turkish banks... … [Read more...] about How North Korea’s Hackers Became Dangerously Good
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho arrived in Moscow on Monday morning to kick off his official visit to Russia. This is his next stop after first traveling to Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan, where he attended a conference of the Non-Aligned Movement member states. Ri also met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi when he transited through Beijing on this trip. The top North Korean diplomat’s foreign tour follows a breakthrough visit to China by Kim in late March. Kim’s trip to Beijing was his first overseas visit to a foreign country since taking over as North Korea’s leader in 2011. Break Diplomatic Isolation Responding to the rapid progress of North Korea’s nuclear arms programs last year, the international community joined in the efforts of stepping up economic sanctions against Pyongyang to rein in its nuclear … [Read more...] about North Korea’s Diplomatic Charm Offensive to Have Limited Impact on Talks with US