Kim Jong Un 'fires North Korea's top three military generals'

05 June, 2018, 05:16 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • From left South Korea's National Defense Minister Song Young-moo U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera join hands before their trilateral meeting at the 17th International Institute for Strategic Studi

Russian Federation has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to visit the country, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.

The report by the Yonhap news agency, citing an intelligence source, could not be independently verified.

The Trump administration has prioritized preventing North Korea from developing a reliable nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile that could target the US mainland.

No Kwang-chol, formerly the first vice-minister of the People's Armed Forces, was promoted to minister during a meeting of the Central Military Commission on May 17 that was presided over by Kim.

Kim Yong-chol left New York City late Saturday afternoon, local time, and arrived in Beijing on Sunday on his way back to Pyongyang.

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The U.S. campaign to economically isolate North Korea will continue, the White House press secretary said Monday, even as preparations advance for President Donald Trump's summit next week with Kim Jong Un.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he'll meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in North Korea.

The move could also be about putting younger, more loyal officials around him while the country begins to focus on economic development, Michael Madden, a North Korea expert from 38 North, told Reuters.

"As defense ministers we must maintain a strong collaborative defensive stance so we enable our diplomats to negotiate from a calm position of strength in this critical time".

"The Syrian government will as ever fully support all policies and measures of the DPRK leadership and invariably strengthen and develop the friendly ties with the DPRK", Assad said, as quoted by KCNA.

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The summit between the two leaders will be held on June 12 in Singapore. "Therefore, I think North Korea could accept the USFK's presence as long as it doesn't take aim against it", said Kim Hyun-wook, a professor at the National Korea Diplomatic Academy.

North Korea, in return, is thought to want the U.S. to relieve sanctions against it, remove it from the USA list of state sponsors of terrorism, and begin steps to open diplomatic relations with the communist state - a result that could be considered a win by the North's leader ahead of the 70th anniversary of North Korea's founding in September.

His comments reportedly came as he received the credentials of North Korean ambassador Mun Jong-nam.

"We are not paying for the DPRK (North Korea) delegation and we are not asking others to do so", Heather Nauert, the department's acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs, said in a statement.

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