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Trump, North Korea’s Kim to hold second summit in late February

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in late February but will maintain economic sanctions on Pyongyang, the White House said on Friday after Trump met Pyongyang’s top nuclear negotiator. The announcement came amid a diplomatic flurry in Washington surrounding the visit of Kim Yong Chol, a hardline former spy chief, and marked a sign of movement in a denuclearization effort that has stalled since a landmark meeting between Trump and the North Korean leader in…

South Korean leader and North’s Kim hold summit talks

SEOUL: South Korea's president and the North's leader Kim Jong Un drove together through the streets of Pyongyang Tuesday past thousands of cheering citizens before opening a summit where Moon Jae-in will seek to reboot stalled denuclearisation talks between his hosts and the United States. Kim and Moon embraced at Pyongyang's international airport -- where the North Korean leader had supervised missile launches last year as tensions mounted. The North's unique brand of choreographed mass adulation was on full display…

North Korea slams ‘gangster-like’ US demands after satisfied Pompeo leaves

SEOUL/TOKYO: North Korea accused the United States on Saturday of making “gangster-like” demands in talks over its nuclear program, contradicting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hours after he left saying the old enemies had made progress on key issues. During a day and a half of talks in Pyongyang, Pompeo had sought to hammer out details on how to dismantle North Korea’s nuclear programs, including a timeline. As he departed, he said he had made progress on “almost all of the central issues,” although work remained to…

US has plan to dismantle North Korea nuclear programme within a year: Bolton

WASHINGTON: White House national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday he believed the bulk of North Korea’s weapons programs could be dismantled within a year, although some experts say the complete process could take far longer. Bolton told CBS’s Face the Nation that Washington has devised a program to dismantle North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction — chemical, biological, and nuclear — and ballistic missile programs in a year if there is full cooperation and disclosure from Pyongyang. “If they have the…

North Korea’s Kim hails ‘unity’ with China in new visit

Kim Jong Un declared North Korea's unstinting "friendship, unity and cooperation" with Beijing during his third visit to China this year, in a show of loyalty to his main ally following a landmark summit with US President Donald Trump. The two-day visit which ends Wednesday is designed to reassure Beijing that Pyongyang will not neglect its interests as Trump and the young autocrat move into uncharted diplomatic terrain. The performance is part of a delicate balancing act for Kim, who analysts say is seeking to…

Singapore top diplomat to visit Pyongyang before Trump-Kim summit

SINGAPORE: Singapore's foreign minister will make a two-day trip to Pyongyang starting on Thursday, as preparations for a summit in the city-state between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un accelerate. The announcement came a day after the White House revealed that the historic June 12 meeting between the US and North Korean leaders will take place in a luxury hotel on Singapore's resort island of Sentosa. The summit is due to be held following a rapid detente between Pyongyang and Washington -- as well as South Korea -- in…