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South Korea says a joint military exercise scheduled with the U.S. has been suspended to support ongoing talks both countries have with North Korea, The Associated Press reports.

Defense Ministry spokeswoman Choi Hyun-soo said Tuesday that her government believes the decision will help maintain momentum in the talks.

She spoke after the U.S. and South Korea announced that the Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills slated for August have been called off.

June 14, 2018

South Korean President Moon Jae-in says South Koreans strongly support the outcome of the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and that bad reviews of the meeting were from people "isolated" from public thinking.

South Korea's presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom described Moon's comments from the president's meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday.

Pompeo said while in Seoul that Trump's tweet about North Korea no longer posing a nuclear threat was made "with eyes wide open."

Kim says Moon and Pompeo also agreed that Washington, Seoul and Pyongyang could collaborate on recovering the remains of soldiers missing and presumed dead from the 1950-53 Korean War. — AP

June 14, 2018

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says there will be no sanctions relief for North Korea until it denuclearizes.

Pompeo is pushing back on a report from North Korean official state media that said President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un had agreed to a "step-by-step" process. That was interpreted as meaning the U.S. would grant concessions to North Korea concessions along the way despite longstanding U.S. insistence that it would not.

Pompeo says Trump has been "incredibly clear" about the sequencing of the process.

Speaking alongside Japanese and South Korean foreign ministers in Seoul, Pompeo says that "we're going to get denuclearization." He says that "only then will there be relief from the sanctions." — AP

June 14, 2018

The rival Koreas are holding rare high-level military talks to discuss reducing tensions across their heavily fortified border following North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's summit with President Donald Trump.

It's possible North Korean officials during Thursday's talks will seek a firm commitment from the South on stopping military drills with the United States.

Trump said after his summit with Kim on Tuesday that the joint military exercises should stop. South Korea has said it's trying to discern Trump's meaning and intent.

Seoul's Defense Ministry says the military talks will focus on carrying out agreements from a summit between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in which they vowed to take steps to reduce military tensions and eliminate the danger of war.

They may also discuss efforts to recover the remains of Korean War soldiers. — AP

June 13, 2018

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has landed at Osan Air Base south of Seoul ahead of meetings with America's allies in the aftermath of the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

He's expected to meet privately in the evening with Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea.

Pompeo will meet President Moon Jae-in on Thursday morning to discuss the summit.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is also heading to Seoul and is due to meet with Pompeo and his South Korean counterpart. Pompeo, the former CIA director, then plans to fly to Beijing to update the Chinese government on the talks. — AP

June 13, 2018

Russia is welcoming the outcome of the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says "one can only welcome the fact that such a meeting took place and that direct dialogue was begun."

Peskov tells reporters in Moscow on Wednesday that the meeting helps de-escalate tensions and push the situation away "from the critical point where it was just a few months ago."

Peskov says the meeting confirms Russian President Vladimir Putin's view that "there is no alternative to political and diplomatic means in solving the problem of the Korean Peninsula."

Peskov adds, however, that given how complicated the situation is around North Korea, the Kremlin isn't expecting a quick resolution. — AP

June 13, 2018

A spokesman of South Korean President Moon Jae-in says Washington and Seoul need to consider a "variety of ways to further facilitate dialogue" while they are engaged in nuclear negotiations with Pyongyang.

Kim Eui-kyeom made the comments on Wednesday when asked to respond to President Donald Trump, who following his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said that the United States and South Korea should stop their joint military exercises "as long as we are negotiating in good faith."

Kim, Moon's spokesman, says Seoul is still trying to figure out the exact meaning and intent of Trump's comments. — AP

June 13, 2018

President Donald Trump is thanking North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for "taking the first bold step toward a bright new future for his people," saying their summit Tuesday "proves that real change is possible!"

Tweeting from Air Force One, which just landed in Hawaii to refuel on the trip back from Singapore, Trump says, "There is no limit to what NoKo can achieve when it gives up its nuclear weapons and embraces commerce & engagement w/ the world."

Trump is celebrating Tuesday's agreement to launch a process to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, though experts and allies are still awaiting details on the broad accord the two sides say they've reached. — AP

June 13, 2018

North Korea says U.S. President Donald Trump expressed his intention during a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to halt joint military drills between the U.S. and South Korea.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency said Wednesday that Trump also expressed his intention to offer security guarantees to North Korea and lift sanctions "over a period of good-will dialogue" between the two countries.

KCNA quoted Kim as saying that the North can take unspecified "additional good-will measures of next stage commensurate with them" if the United States takes genuine measures to build trust.

KCNA quotes Kim as saying it's "urgent to make a bold decision on halting irritating and hostile military actions against each other."

Annual military drills between the United States and South Korea have been a major source of tension on the Korean Peninsula. The North has called them an invasion rehearsal and responded with its own weapons tests.

June 12, 2018

President Donald Trump has stunned the Korean Peninsula by announcing the stoppage of U.S.-South Korean annual war games that have long been defended as defensive and vital by the allies.

Trump speaks to reporters after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday and essentially took the North Korean line on the military exercises, calling them "provocative."

The 28,500 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea.

Trump calls the war games "tremendously expensive," suggested South Korea didn't contribute enough and said they would be "inappropriate" as the U.S. and North Korea negotiate a new relationship.

A statement from South Korean President Moon Jae-in says the Trump-Kim summit opens a new era of peace and cooperation. The statement did not address Trump's comments about the drills. — AP

June 12, 2018

President Donald Trump says he really believes North Korea's Kim Jong Un is going to make good on his promise to denuclearize.

Trump says Tuesday near the end of a lengthy press conference in Singapore that he may be wrong about Kim, but he'll never admit it.

Trump jokes that he "may stand before you in six months and say, 'Hey, I was wrong.'" But he says, "I don't know that I'll ever admit that." — AP

June 12, 2018

President Donald Trump is pushing back on criticism that the U.S. has gotten little in return for his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump tells reporters at a news conference in Singapore Tuesday after his meeting that he "gave up nothing."

He says "it's not a big deal" for world leaders to meet with the president of the United States.

Trump announced that he will stop conducting U.S. military "war games" with ally South Korea while negotiations between the two countries continue.

Trump cast the decision as a cost-saving measure, but North Korea has long objected to the drills as a security threat.

Trump also says Kim has committed to denuclearizing his country, but details of how that will happen and be verified have yet to be hashed out. — AP

June 12, 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un commits to 'complete denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula' in joint text he signed with US President Donald Trump.

The document also eyes establishment of "new US-DPRK relations." — AFP

June 12, 2018

US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un shake hands, exchange farewells without interpreters as Singapore summit ends.

After Kim and Trump signed what Trump called a "pretty comprehensive" document, Trump was asked about a possible invitation. Trump said "absolutely, I would" invite Kim.

Both leaders have characterized the document they signed as historic though neither provided details. Trump says the details would come later. — AP

June 12, 2018

US President Donald Trump, with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, announces they will sign unspecified document shortly. — AP

June 12, 2018

President Donald Trump jokes about his appearance as he prepares to sit down to lunch with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

Trump tells photographers at Tuesday's summit in Singapore: "Getting a good picture, everybody? So we look nice and handsome and thin? Perfect."

A video feed provided by the summit host showed Trump, Kim and their aides taking their places at a long table. Salad courses were prepositioned on the table along with flower bouquets.

Trump takes his spot in the middle of the table, and Kim opposite him. — AP

June 12, 2018

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman says he received a call from the White House ahead of President Donald Trump's historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Rodman says on Tuesday that a White House staffer called the former "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant to tell him the president was proud of him.

Rodman struck up an unlikely friendship with Kim over their shared love of basketball, but he says former President Barack Obama never took him seriously.

Rodman described Kim as a "big kid" who wants to see the world. The former basketball player was very emotional in the interview, openly weeping as he spoke.

Rodman is in town for the summit, but the White House had said he will play no official role. — AP

June 12, 2018

President Donald Trump is sounding optimistic about his ability to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program after a lengthy one-on-one meeting with leader Kim Jong Un.

It was hard to hear the president and Kim over the constant clicking of camera shutters, and it remains unclear precisely what he was referring to.

But Kim appears to echo the president's optimism — AP

June 12, 2018

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shake hands as historic nuclear summit opens in Singapore. — AP

June 12, 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has arrived at Singapore's Sentosa Island, where he'll be meeting shortly face-to-face with President Donald Trump.

The two men are expected to share a handshake before they meet alone with a pair of interpreters for roughly 45 minutes while their entourages wait nearby.

After the intimate huddle, they're scheduled to hold a larger meeting and working lunch. Trump's chief of staff, national security adviser and secretary of state are among those expected to join.

The meeting is the first sit-down between a sitting U.S. president and North Korean leader and is meant to settle a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear program.

Trump earlier defended his decision to meet with Kim, tweeting that North Korea has already released three detainees and that missile tests have halted. — AP

June 11, 2018

The White House says in a statement ahead of US President Donald Trump's historic summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un that the talks with North Korea are moving "more quickly than expected." The White House says Trump now plans to depart Singapore on Tuesday evening ahead of schedule, The Associated Press reports.

The White House says Trump will address the media on Tuesday following his summit with Kim and depart Singapore at approximately 8 p.m. local time for the United States. The president had been expected to leave Singapore on Wednesday morning.

Trump is set to meet with Kim in Singapore on Tuesday morning.

June 11, 2018

US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un will start their historic summit with a one-on-one session with translators.

A U.S. official says Monday that the leaders will meet for up to two hours before an expanded bilateral meeting with their respective advisers. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

Officials remain uncertain what will come out of Tuesday's unprecedented summit, the first of its kind between a sitting U.S. president and the leader of North Korea.

Trump has said he wants to strike a deal to get the North to give up its nuclear weapons. He also has sought to lower expectations for the meeting, saying it may be the start of a longer process. — AP

June 11, 2018

North Korea's official media have reported that leader Kim Jong Un is in Singapore to meet President Donald Trump to discuss how to forge a new relationship.

The first word Kim is in Singapore for Tuesday's summit came early Monday morning. Though North Koreans have been left largely in the dark about the summit, the reports of his arrival came relatively quickly by North Korean standards.

A dispatch by the state-run Korean Central News Agency says Kim and Trump will exchange "wide-ranging and profound views" on establishing a new relationship, the issue of building a "permanent and durable peace mechanism" and realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The report notes the summit is being held "under the great attention and expectation of the whole world." — AP

June 10, 2018

North Korean plane presumably carrying leader Kim Jong Un arrives in Singapore ahead of Kim's summit Tuesday with President Donald Trump, according to The Associated Press.

The jet landed at the airport Sunday afternoon amid huge security precautions on the city-state island.

A report from Channel News Asia also said Kim's motorcade already left the Changi Airport following his arrival.

Kim is set to meet Tuesday with Trump in what’s shaping up to be one of the most unusual summits in modern history.

June 9, 2018

The small island nation of Singapore, which prides itself on law and order, is feeling the pressure of more than 3,000 members of the press arriving for a historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The heavy media presence along with stringent security measures for the summit Tuesday has added to the frenzy unusual for the laid-back tropical state. — AP

June 8, 2018

President Donald Trump says he doesn't need the advice of Democrats when it comes to North Korea, tweeting early Friday that they "did NOTHING" on Pyongyang's nuclear program during the Obama administration.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters this week that he's concerned the president's desire for a deal could saddle the U.S. and its allies with unfavorable terms. Democrats have written a letter to Trump outlining what they say should be conditions for the planned summit next week.

Trump tweets that Schumer and other Democrats were unable to achieve such a meeting with the North Korean leader. He writes: "Schumer failed with North Korea and Iran, we don't need his advice!" — AP

June 8, 2018

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Thursday (Friday, Manila time) he will head to South Korea, Japan and China next week to brief leaders after Donald Trump's summit with Kim Jong Un.

"I will provide an update and underscore the importance of implementing all sanctions imposed on North Korea," Pompeo tells reporters at the White House. — Agence France-Presse

June 8, 2018

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also says he is willing to talk directly with North Korea in a bid to resolve the festering issue of abductions of Japanese citizens and foster better ties with Pyongyang.

"I wish to directly face North Korea and talk with them so that the abduction problem can be resolved quickly," Abe says at a joint press conference with President Donald Trump.

The US leader promised to raise the highly sensitive issue of the Japanese nationals kidnapped by Pyongyang in the 1970s and 1980s with Kim Jong Un at next week's high-stakes summit in Singapore.

Abe adds there was no change in Japan's policy to pursue "real peace in Northeast Asia" and that if North Korea "is willing to take steps" in the right direction, it will have a "bright future." — Agence France-Presse

June 8, 2018

US President Donald Trump says Thursday (Friday, Manila time) that a letter he received last week from Kim Jong Un was "warm," and adds that he hopes his summit with the North Korean leader will be the starting point for an eventual normalization of ties.

"It was a warm letter and nice and I appreciated it very much," Trump tells a joint press conference at the White House with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

When asked about eventual normalization of ties, he says: "That is something I would hope to do that when everything is complete."

Trump even went so far as to say he will consider inviting Kim to visit the United States if the June 12 summit in Singapore goes well.

"Maybe we'll start with the White House, what do you think?" he says when asked if Kim would be invited to Washington or his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. — Agence France-Presse

June 7, 2018

A U.N. human rights expert on North Korea says he hopes next week's U.S.-North Korea summit will lead to increased dialogue with Kim Jong Un on humanitarian issues.

Tomas Ojea Quintana tells reporters in Geneva that North Korea is struggling with a lack of food and that some 10 million people there are in need of humanitarian aid. — AP

June 6, 2018

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, unable to meet North Korea's leader himself, is heading to Washington to try to make sure President Donald Trump doesn't overlook Japan's security and other concerns at the unprecedented U.S.-North Korea summit next week.

Abe will have less than two hours to make his points to Trump at the White House on Thursday, before both go to Canada for a G-7 summit on June 8-9, and the American president then flies to Singapore for his June 12 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. — AP

June 5, 2018

State-owned Air China will resume flights to North Korea's capital on Wednesday, an airline employee said, amid preparations for a possible meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, The Associated Press reports.

Air China's decision in November to suspend flights to Pyongyang, blaming lack of demand, deepened the North's isolation as UN sanctions aimed at ending its nuclear and missile programs were tightened.

"The flights from Beijing to Pyongyang will be resumed due to market reasons," said the employee of the airline's press office, who would give only his surname, Zhang. He gave no other details.

June 4, 2018

When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump hold their summit at an exclusive venue in Singapore, one of the priciest destinations in Asia, they will no doubt run up quite a bill. And if past precedent is any indication, expect Pyongyang to pay as little of it as possible, The Associated Press reports.

Speculation over how North Korea will handle the costs for Kim's June 12 meeting with Trump has taken off after a Washington Post report cited two anonymous U.S. officials suggesting the Trump administration has been "seeking a discreet way" to help pay Kim's hotel bill.

The report suggested host nation Singapore might take care of it.

June 2, 2018

South Korea's defense minister says there's no reason to doubt the sincerity of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ahead of a summit with President Donald Trump.

Song Young-moo says, "Just because we have been tricked by North Korea in the past doesn't guarantee that we will be tricked in the future. If we believe that, we will never be able to negotiate with them and make peace with them."

He was speaking at an international security conference in Singapore, which is hosting the June 12 summit.

Song says if the talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons are successful, they can be compared to the 1989 Malta Summit between former President George H.W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, less than a month after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Song says: "A dramatic change has come for the security environment of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia." — AP

June 2, 2018

The issue of US troops stationed in South Korea will not be "on the table" at a summit this month between President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un, says US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

"That issue is not on the table here in Singapore on the 12th (of June), nor should it be," he said at the Shangri-La Dialogue, a security summit in Singapore, referring to the scheduled date of the Trump-Kim meeting.

There are currently some 28,500 US forces based in the South. — AFP

May 30, 2018

Russia's U.N. ambassador says Moscow supports a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un but adds, "Every side has to be realistic about it."

Vassily Nebenzia stressed Tuesday that a meeting between the two leaders is "the start of a long and winding road."

The White House says it is continuing to "actively prepare" for an "expected summit" between Trump and Kim in Singapore which had been scheduled for June 12.

As for results, Nebenzia told reporters at U.N. headquarters in New York, "Don't expect that it happens overnight."

But he says a Trump-Kim meeting is "a move in the right direction at least." He says Russia "will support it of course, and especially meaningful agreements to be reached there."

May 30, 2018

Japan's U.N. ambassador says "maximum pressure" should be maintained on North Korea until it takes concrete actions toward eliminating its weapons of mass destruction.

Koro Bessho told a small group of reporters Tuesday that Japan would like to see "comprehensive, verifiable, irreversible, dismantlement" of North Korea's nuclear weapons as well as its chemical and biological weapons.

He says Japan also wants to see Pyongyang's ballistic missiles dismantled and the abduction of Japanese citizens to North Korea addressed.

Bessho says Japan is "working with the United States very closely."

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled to meet President Donald Trump at the White House on June 7, ahead of Trump's expected meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12.

May 29, 2018

South Korean media say a senior North Korean official is heading to the United States, potentially to participate in preparatory negotiations to set up a possible meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

South Korea's Yonhap news said Tuesday it saw the name of Kim Yong Chol on the passengers' list for a flight Tuesday from Beijing to Washington. They later reported that Kim changed his flight to go to New York on Wednesday, but it wasn't clear why. Kim was seen in the Beijing airport Tuesday by Associated Press Television.

The South Korean presidential office couldn't confirm the report.

Kim Yong Chol is a former military intelligence chief and now a vice chairman of the North Korean ruling party's central committee tasked with inter-Korean relations.

May 29, 2018

A team of American diplomats involved in preparatory discussions ahead of a potential summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have left a hotel in Seoul amid speculation that they are resuming the talks.

It wasn't immediately clear whether the American officials including Sung Kim, the U.S. ambassador to Manila, were heading Tuesday to the border village between the Koreas where they met with North Korean officials on Sunday.

Trump withdrew from a planned June 12 Singapore summit with Kim last Thursday citing hostile North Korean comments, but has since said the meeting could still happen. South Korean President Moon Jae-in met with Kim on Saturday in an effort to keep the meeting alive.

May 28, 2018

South Korea's Foreign Ministry says U.S. and North Korean officials are engaged in talks to prepare for a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The ministry said in a release Monday the U.S.-North Korean talks were taking place at the Korean border village of Panmunjom. It refused to provide more details.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in told reporters Sunday that the United States and North Korea would soon start working-level talks to set the agendas and make other preparations for the Trump-Kim summit.

Trump pulled out of the much-anticipated summit last week before quickly saying the meeting could be held in Singapore on June 12 as initially scheduled. — AP

May 28, 2018

President Donald Trump says a U.S. team is in North Korea to "make arrangements for the Summit between Kim Jong Un and myself."

Trump tweeted Sunday that North Korea "has brilliant potential and will be a great economic and financial Nation one day."

The president added, "It will happen!" though his exact meaning was not clear.

The State Department said earlier Sunday that a team was in Panmunjom, which straddles the border inside the demilitarized zone, or DMZ. One can cross the border simply by stepping across a painted line. But moving beyond several footsteps into the North at Panmunjom would be rare for U.S. officials.

Trump withdrew from the planned June 12 Singapore summit with Kim several days ago, but quickly announced that it could get back on track. — AP

May 28, 2018

The U.S. State Department says American officials are meeting with North Korean officials at the border village of Panmunjom as talks continue over a potential summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says a 'U.S. delegation is in ongoing talks with North Korean officials" inside the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea that was created at the end of the Korean War.

She says preparations are moving ahead for "a meeting" between the two leaders.

Trump said Saturday that conversations about a potential summit were "going along very well."

He announced on Thursday that he was withdrawing from the scheduled June 12 meeting in Singapore, only to say on Friday that the summit might be back on. — AP

May 27, 2018

United States President Donald Trump says negotiations over a potential summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are “going along very.”

Trump says they are still considering June 12 in Singapore for the summit with Kim.

He adds there is a lot of “good will” and denuclearization of the Korean peninsula would be “a great thing.” — AP

 

May 27, 2018

South Korean president Moon Jae-in says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un remains committed to holding a summit with United States President Donald Trump and to the “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

Moon met Kim at the border on Saturday for the second time in a month to discuss how to keep Kim's summit with Trump on a track. The Kim-Moon meeting followed a whirlwind 24 hours that saw Trump cancel the highly anticipated June 12 meeting before saying it is potentially back on. — AP

May 26, 2018

South Korea welcomes the renewed prospect of a summit between the United States and North Korea after President Trump cancelled talks with Kim Jong Un only to suggest they might still take place.

"We find it fortunate that the embers of the North Korea-US talks are reignited. We are watching developments carefully," Presidential Blue House spokesman Kim Eui-gyeom says. — AFP

May 26, 2018

President Donald Trump says the U.S. is "having very productive talks with North Korea" about a summit next month with Kim Jong Un, and says it could happen June 12, the date that was under consideration before Trump abruptly canceled the summit Thursday.

Trump is tweeting that if the summit happens it "will likely remain in Singapore on the same date, June 12th., and, if necessary, will be extended beyond that date."

Trump had said earlier Friday that the potentially historic summit might be getting back on track.

On Thursday, Trump had canceled the summit, citing the North's "tremendous anger and open hostility."

The North Korean government said Friday it is still "willing to give the U.S. time and opportunities" to reconsider talks "at any time." — AP

May 25, 2018

Japan says it understands President Donald Trump's cancellation of the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Top officials there say talks should be held when progress on the North's denuclearization is achieved.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Friday the summit is useful only when it makes progress on the North's nuclear and missile abandonment and on the issue of the North's abductions of Japanese citizens.

Trump cited hostility in recent remarks from North Korea when he canceled the summit on Thursday.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, in Mexico for talks with officials, said Japan expects a summit where North Korea can commit to denuclearize itself. He said Japan will keep cooperating with Washington to achieve it. — AP

May 25, 2018

North Korea says it is still willing to talk to the United States after President Donald Trump abruptly canceled a summit between the two countries, a decision Pyongyang described as "extremely regrettable."

Trump on Thursday called off the planned June summit with Kim Jong Un, blaming "open hostility" from the North Korean regime.

"Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting," read Trump's letter to Kim, which was dictated word for word by the US leader, according to a senior White House official. ?— Agence France-Presse

May 24, 2018

Donald Trump, the US president, cancels his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un slated in Singapore on June 12. In canceling the meeting, Trump cites "tremendous anger and open hostility" in recent statement. 

May 24, 2018

A senior North Korean minister slams US Vice President Mike Pence for "ignorant and stupid" remarks he made in a recent media interview about upcoming denuclearisation talks.

"I cannot suppress my surprise at such ignorant and stupid remarks gushing out from the mouth of the US vice-president," vice-minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son Hui says in a statement released by the state-run KCNA news agency. — Agence France-Presse

May 10, 2018

US President Donald Trump announces that his anticipated summit with North Korean leader Kim Jon Un will be held in Singapore on June 12. In making the announcement, Trump expresses hope for world peace as he and Kim try to forge an agreement on contentious issues such as Pyongyang's missile and nuclear weapons programs and American sanctions on the Asian country. 

May 10, 2018

US President Donald Trump greets three freed Korean-Americans who were detained in North Korea for more than a year. They returned to the mainland US Thursday.

The men, Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim, were released Wednesday amid a warming of relations between the longtime adversaries.

North Korea had accused the three Korean-Americans of anti-state activities. Their arrests were widely seen as politically motivated and had compounded the dire state of relations over the isolated nation's nuclear weapons.

May 9, 2018

Washington's top diplomat Mike Pompeo arrives in North Korea, pool reports say, where he is holding meetings to prepare for a landmark nuclear summit.

Pompeo, who met Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang last month while he was still director of the CIA, arrived in the North and is at Pyongyang's Koryo Hotel for meetings.

In addition to planning the summit, due later this month or in June, Pompeo has been pressing the North Korean regime to release three detained US citizens. — with AFP

April 19, 2018

President Donald Trump says that although he's looking ahead optimistically to a historic summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, he could still pull out if he feels it's "not going to be fruitful."

Trump says that CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Kim "got along really well" in their recent secret meeting, and he declares, "We've never been in a position like this" to address worldwide concerns over North Korea's nuclear weapons, the Associated Press reports.

April 19, 2018

President Donald Trump says that although he's looking ahead optimistically to a historic summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, he could still pull out if he feels it's "not going to be fruitful."

Trump says that CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Kim "got along really well" in their recent secret meeting, and he declared, "We've never been in a position like this" to address worldwide concerns over North Korea's nuclear weapons, the Associated Press reports.

April 18, 2018

The White House says the U.S. has had talks "at the highest level" with North Korea's government in advance of a planned summit. But White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders clarifies those talks were not with President Donald Trump directly.

Trump appeared to answer in the affirmative Tuesday evening when asked whether he had been speaking directly with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

But he said as he sat down for dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, "Let's leave it a little bit short of that," adding, "We have had talks at the highest level."

Trump is hosting Abe at his private Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida.

In a surprise move last month, Trump accepted an invitation from Kim to meet in person in the coming months.

April 10, 2018

Kim Jong Un discusses future US talks at party meeting: KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un discussed talks with the US at a party meeting, state media reports, in his first official mention of dialogue with Washington ahead of a proposed summit with US President Donald Trump in May.

At the meeting of party officials Monday, Kim delivered a report "on the development of the recent situation on the Korean peninsula," including the separate summit with South Korea to be held later this month, the official KCNA news agency reported.

Kim "made a profound analysis and appraisal of the orientation of the development of the north-south relations at present and the prospect of the DPRK-US dialogue," it said, referring to the North by its official acronym. — AFP

March 13, 2018

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the first meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un should take place at a "nice, neutral site."

He's suggesting China would not be an ideal place.

Tillerson says it should be held somewhere that "both parties will feel confident." But he says that doesn't mean China won't have a role in the broader process. Tillerson says China "is going to have a stake in how this all this all turns out." He says Russia, South Korea and Japan will as well.

Tillerson says the first meeting will be about Trump and Kim "getting a sense of one another" and determining whether there is the space and will to accomplish something together on the North's nuclear weapons program.

The United States formally concluded that North Korea ordered the murder of Kim Jong-Nam, a half-brother and potential rival to ruler Kim Jong-Un, with the VX nerve agent.

"This public display of contempt for universal norms against chemical weapons use further demonstrates the reckless nature of North Korea and underscores that we cannot afford to tolerate a North Korean WMD program of any kind," US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

The finding triggered another layer of US economic sanctions against Pyongyang, just as South Korea reported that the regime is ready for talks to end a nuclear standoff.

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