North Korea 'sentences Trump to death' for calling Kim Jong-Un 'fat'

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North Korea on Wednesday called a speech by US President Donald Trump at the South Korean Parliament an "open declaration of war".

North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency released a photo of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watching the launch of an intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 near Pyongyang on August 30.

The meeting between Abe and Harris in Tokyo comes a week after the US President Donald Trump's visit to Japan, as part of his Asia tour, during which he had urged Abe to jointly apply maximum possible pressure on Pyongyang to force it to abandon its weapons programmes.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The U.S. has long dismissed the proposal, saying North Korea must unilaterally cease its program before negotiations can begin.

Beijing will send a special envoy to North Korea on Friday.

Song's visit, however, will more likely be about small steps than big successes.

During the president's address in South Korea, he "painted a black picture of the [Democratic People's Republic of Korea], spouting all sorts of rubbish against it", North Korean state media asserted.

Yuan Peng, vice-president of the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, said the envoy's trip shows the value China places on its traditional friendship with North Korea and sends a signal that bilateral ties are improving.

President Donald Trump has lunch with US and South Korean troops along with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea.

China is North Korea's main ally and trading partner, accounting for 90 percent of the isolated state's trade volume.

The resolution also demands that North Korea provide detained foreign nationals with counselor access and communication with their families.

But Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Beijing's position on the nuclear issue remained "consistent and clear-cut".

"During his visit, he will exchange views on major issues of common concern", Geng said.

Kim and Xi exchanged messages of congratulations and thanks over the congress, but neither leader has visited the other's country since assuming power.

China denied Thursday that it has abandoned its long-standing proposal to ease the North Korean nuclear crisis after US President Donald Trump suggested Beijing had agreed to drop the policy.

China's new special envoy for North Korea, Kong Xuanyou, is not believed to have visited the country since assuming the job in August.

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