North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is reportedly working hard to open a McDonald's restaurant in the heart of his nations' capital in recent weeks, sending a "goodwill gesture" towards the United States ahead of next months' possible talks with President Trump.
Kim Su Gil, chairman of the Pyongyang chapter of the Workers' Party replaced Kim Jong Gak, director of the Korean People Army's General Political Bureau. North Korea's leadership is believed to regard nuclear weapons as crucial to its survival, while Kim has said he plans to focus on economic development.
According to Yonhap news agency Kim Jong-un has replaced three of his top men in his inner circle.
Senate Democrats on Monday told President Donald Trump not to make a deal with North Korea that leaves it in possession of nuclear weapons, and threatened to maintain economic sanctions on Pyongyang if that condition is not met.
In particular, the military's General Political Bureau (GPB) is responsible for auditing and overseeing the financial operations of the KPA, which controls a large number of trading corporations and other businesses which could be highly involved in any future inter-Korean trade or infrastructure projects.
All of the newly promoted officials are younger than their predecessors, even though they are all in their 60s.
Trump revived the Singapore summit on Friday after canceling it a week earlier.
"Whether that suits the North Korean side, time will tell, " Peskov said, with definitive details on the proposed meeting still to be confirmed.
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But last Thursday, Mr Trump sensationally cancelled the historic meeting, citing North Korea's "tremendous anger and open hostility" and apparently dashing any hope of a truce between the US and South Korea.
Asked about the contents of Kim's letter, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders declined to "get into the specifics of the letter" but added "we feel like things are continuing to move forward and good progress has been made".
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the construction of the "Wonsan-Kalma shore Tourist Zone" in this undated photo released by KCNA in Pyongyang May 25, 2018.
Madden said the reshuffling at the top of the North Korean military was likely done for a number of reasons, among them preparation for the Kim-Trump talks and future South Korean negotiations and exchanges.
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USA officials believe there was some dissension in the military about Kim's approaches to South Korea and the United States.
In addition to being hardcore loyalists, Madden said the three officers were experienced in dealing with foreigners, which was seen as a plus point.