World International Affairs Donald Trump President Donald Trump has begun planning a second meeting with North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un amid an apparent slowdown in their nuclear talks. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Monday that the U.S. "is open to and are already in the process of coordinating" another meeting after Trump received a letter from Kim. Before reading the letter, Trump said it would contain "a very positive statement what he said about me and also what he said about he wants to denuclearize during the Trump administration." Sanders explained that the U.S. would not disclose the contents of the latest letter unless Kim agrees; however, the press secretary described the message as "very warm" and "very positive." The latest correspondence came after Trump canceled a planned fourth visit to Pyongyang by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The trip was canceled amid U.S. concerns that North Korea's … [Read more...] about How Is Donald Trump Doing on North Korea? Kim Jong Un Wants to Meet Again and Has A New Message for U.S.
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World International Affairs North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un traveled to his country's up-and-coming coastal resort area to offer instruction for what he hopes will be a sign of his country's resilience under extensive international sanctions. The official Korean Central News Agency published photos Friday of Kim, his wife Ri Sol Ju along with top military and political leaders visiting the Wonsan-Kalma tourist area on the country's east coast. Kim has long envisioned turning the city into a hotspot for locals and foreigners looking to hit the beach and enjoy luxury hotels, but appeared to postpone the project during his latest visit from a projected date of April 15, his grandfather's birthday, to October 10, the anniversary of the founding of the ruling Korean Workers' Party. Undeterred, Kim "called upon everybody to build the sea park without an equal in the world by keeping fortitude and strong courage and present it to the people as a gift" on the newly … [Read more...] about Could I Travel to North Korea? Kim Jong Un Shows Off His New Vacation Spot
World North Korea Kim Jong Un Donald Trump Nuclear Weapons President Donald Trump has published a letter sent to him by North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un, in which the young ruler praises his U.S. counterpart but does not mention any commitments to abandon nuclear weapons. Trump included the letter in a tweet Thursday, writing: "A very nice note from Chairman Kim of North Korea. Great progress being made!" The letter was dated July 6, 2018, and was addressed to "H.E. Donald J. Trump," in what appears to be the latest sign that the two men were getting along after making history at the first-ever meeting between a sitting U.S. president and North Korean supreme leader in Singapore last month. Related: Trump Tweets Again, Giving North Korea Chance to Take Advantage of U.S.-China Divide The meeting served as the highest-level platform for ongoing, unprecedented peace talks between the Cold War-era foes. As part of their agreement, Kim pledged to abandon the nuclear weapons … [Read more...] about North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Praises ‘Your Excellency’ Donald Trump in Letter, Does Not Mention Denuclearization
World North Korea Kim Jong Un Cosmetics Nuclear Weapons Ri Sol Ju Xi Jinping North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un has expressed his wish to automate all labor in the country, doing away with manual labor entirely in a bid to modernize the tightly-controlled social state. Kim made the remarks during a visit Sunday to a cosmetics factory in the northern province of Sinuiju, a lucrative trade hub located near the country's border with China. The visit is Kim's first public appearance since visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping for the third time last month and may send a message that the young ruler is serious about boosting damaged economic relations with North Korea's traditional ally, which has signed on to nuclear-related sanctions against its neighbor, and updating the country's aging manufacturing processes. "It is important to completely eliminate manual labor and modernize production processes," Kim said, according to South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper. North Korean … [Read more...] about North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Wants to ‘Completely Eliminate Manual Labor’
World North Korea Kim Jong Un Russia China Xi Jinping South Korea Moon Jae-in Donald Trump North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un may no longer get the unprecedented face-to-face meeting with President Donald Trump he wanted—and that may just work out in his favor. Experts from 38 North, a North Korea monitoring group newly affiliated with the Washington-based Stimson Center, said Friday that they were skeptical the dialogue would get back on track, and even if it did, Kim has left himself options. 38 North founder and Stimson Center senior fellow Joel Wit said North Korea has emerged from the recent hiccough "in a very good spot." "They have a plan B and it’s in place, a plan B for the summit failing or even President Trump acting in a willful way and then withdrawing from the summit. They’re in a good spot with the Chinese, with the Russians, with the South Koreans, and I think the administration really doesn’t understand the situation if it thinks … [Read more...] about North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Does Not Need U.S. Support, China and Russia Will Do Just Fine