In sign of detente, North Korea skips annual anti-US rally

North Korea news- Putin

North Korea news- Putin

North Korean media said Chinese President Xi Jinping and Kim reached an understanding on the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula after discussing the outcome of the U.S.

"The scope of the agreement and the event is very disappointing because there are at least 50,000 registered separate family members alive in South Korea alone", said Bong Young-shik, a political analyst with the Yonsei University's Institute for North Korean Studies in Seoul.

Last year's event was held in Kim Il-sung Square with a reported 100,000 people attending.

North Korea and South Korea have also agreed to resume the reunions of war-torn families in mid-August.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju disembark from an airplane at Beijing International Airport in this video grab from [North] Korean Central TV last week.

The remains would have to go through an initial check in South Korea to confirm they are human remains.

"There are ongoing discussions regarding the withdrawal of North Korea artillery near the ceasefire line", Lee said Monday, according to News 1.

Those selected to participate are usually screened and instructed to ensure they praise the leader and describe their lives in the North in a positive light.

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In an exclusive telephone interview with CNN to mark his first two months in office, Pompeo said he wanted to see continued progress toward North Korean denuclearization, a promise leader Kim Jong Un made to President Donald Trump at their June 12 summit in Singapore.

But the leadership in Pyongyang does not seem ready to ease any restrictions that it may perceive as threatening the Kim family's hold on power.

"There will be specific asks and there will be a specific timeline when we present the North Koreans with our concept of what implementation of the summit agreement looks like".

He said that framework couldn't be filled out without, Kim "making clear his intent to denuclearize", Pompeo said. However, no specific measures were mentioned.

Singapore, an affluent financial hub, was seen as a good choice for the summit due to its warm ties with both the United States and North Korea, and reputation for strict order.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNN he would not put a timeline on negotiations with North Korea, but said the Trump administration will regularly assess the regime's seriousness about abandoning its nuclear program as the U.S. moves toward normalizing relations with Pyongyang.

In addition to toning down its anti-US rhetoric, North Korea has also reportedly transferred the remains of soldiers who died in the 1950-53 war to the border with South Korea.

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