North Korean defector says Kim Jong Un ‘can trick the world’

Is Kim trading a war-games suspension for sanctions relief in Beijing?

Earlier this week, the US and South Korea announced they had agreed to suspend a joint military exercise scheduled for August, although decisions regarding subsequent drills have not yet been made.

"Our government hopes that the June 12 summit agreements between North Korea and the USA, including the repatriation of US soldier remains, will be implemented swiftly to achieve the goals of completely denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and establishing a peace regime", the ministry's spokesman Noh Kyu-duk said at a press briefing.

"The U.S.is firmly committed to the complete verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and I am committed to our mutual alliance", Davidson said at the outset of talks with Onodera in Tokyo.

According to the Independent, the countries will each send 100 participants to the reunions.

"I will guide all WPK members and the DPRK people to earnestly implement the important consensus reached by Comrade General Secretary and me, to lift the unbreakable DPRK-China relations to a new level", Kim said.

The U.S. official said: "The United States will continue to monitor this site closely as we move forward in our negotiations".

The 1950-53 Korean War was concluded only with a truce, not a peace treaty, leaving the combatants technically still at war.

The president, upon returning from his summit in Singapore last week with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said Pyongyang "no longer" posed a nuclear threat.

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"Friday's meeting, which began at 0100 GMT in a hotel in North Korea's tourist destination of Mount Kumgang, comes after the two sides agreed in April to pursue a reunion to mark a common national holiday in August".

The telephone line could be operational by around Friday, but it is not clear when Moon and Kim would use it the first time, Im said.

The North Korean leader also visited a traffic control center in Beijing before departing for Pyongyang on Wednesday afternoon, KCNA said.

North Korea has spent considerable effort and resources to develop the site as a "civilian space programme" facility, denying that it has a military application, said Jenny Town, a research analyst at the 38 North.

The Koreas last held family reunions in 2015 before relations worsened because of North Korea's accelerated pursuit of nuclear long-range missiles and the countering hard-line policies of Seoul's conservative then-government.

Since the end of the Korean war, both sides have banned ordinary citizens from visiting relatives on the other side of the border or contacting them without permission. Almost 20,000 Koreans had participated in 20 rounds of face-to-face reunions held between the countries since 2000.

The US says China is in agreement on that point, although Chinese officials have repeatedly stated that sanctions should not be considered an end to their own. None of the past participants has had a second reunion.

South Korea is hoping the talks will make possible regular contact between families long divided by the border, and broadcaster KBS reported that Seoul's delegation was planning to propose postal contact and hometown visits as potential measures.

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