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Declaration to end Korean War tied to NK denuclearization: Seoul

24 April 2018

The news is often critical of Kim Jong-un, whose image is strictly protected by the country's cult of personality. But the announcement did not say whether it would give up its nuclear weapons or stop production of missiles.

To attend this inter-Korean summit the North Korean leader will cross to the south at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the peninsula.

The talks between the North and South Korean leaders are expected to be followed, in May or June, by a meeting between Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Moon Jae-in set his mind on South Korea's presidency nine years ago, when his ailing role model, Nobel Peace Prize-winner Kim Dae-jung, pulled him close and urged him to keep fighting for peace with North Korea.

A series of diplomatic steps during and after the Olympics have become the seeds for the breakthrough on the Korean peninsula and the restart of dialogue.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has expressed his "bitter sorrow" after dozens of Chinese tourists were killed when a bus they were travelling in plunged off a bridge. Kim on Saturday called North Korea's nuclear weapons a "treasured sword" and "firm guarantee by which our descendents can enjoy the most dignified and happiest life in the world".

The agency quoted Kim as saying the North Korean people "take the tragic accident as their own misfortune".

That, critics say, could enable the North to secretly continue its weapons programs while winning badly needed aid. The North is indicating it no longer needs to test because it now has nuclear arms.

While South Korean and USA officials have said Kim is likely trying to save his broken economy from heavy sanctions, some analysts see him as entering the negotiations from a position of strength after having declared his nuclear force as complete in November.

Late last week, Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said the American, French and British missile strike against Bashar al-Assad sent a "message towards North Korea as well", speaking through an interpreter during a meeting with Mattis at the Pentagon.

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Earlier, after signing the agreement on North Korean sportsmen participation in the Olympic Games Pyongyang has also reduced the scale of the propaganda.

There is also a long history of violent incidents and North Korean defections at the border, including several previous year.

Also on Monday, South Korean police clashed with protesters near the site of a military base hosting a controversial U.S. anti-missile system.

"Even though their ICBM [intercontinental ballistic missile] technology is not complete, they announced to the world that they are able to reach the US, New York, Washington etc". He is also expected to call for the easing or lifting of worldwide restrictions against the North. "What Kim means and what Trump means are two different things", Wendy Sherman, a former undersecretary of state who was North Korea policy coordinator under Bill Clinton, said in an interview. North Korean state media reported Kim being "deeply moved" by the concert and as having taken a keen interest in the K-pop girl group Red Velvet.

After NBC's Chuck Todd suggested that Kim has given up very little and made it seem like a lot, Trump erupted on Twitter Sunday. Trump's pick to be the next secretary of state, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, travelled to North Korea on Easter weekend to lay the groundwork for the meeting. Pompeo now is head of the Central Intelligence Agency. Trump accepted his proposal for a summit, and Kim went to Beijing to pay his respects to ally China in his first overseas trip as leader.

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South Korea should raise the dire human rights situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) during the April 27 summit between South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Human Rights Watch said today.

Declaration to end Korean War tied to NK denuclearization: Seoul