North Korea's Kim Jong Un Replaces Military Leaders

Bashar al Assad and Kim Jong-un

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump. He also backed away from his "maximum pressure" approach that stressed tough sanctions and the threat of military force, focusing instead on brokering an agreement to end the North's nuclear program for economic aid and security guarantees that could include a peace treaty to replace the armistice that ended the Korean War in 1953.

The young leader was seen to have been overseeing Kim Yong-chol's US visit last week, as well as monitoring the talks between American and North Korean diplomats to finalize an agenda for the summit, ongoing at the Panmunjom, the truce village at the inter-Korean border.

Kim has completely changed his tone towards the U.S., which he threatened to destroy with a series of missile strikes a year ago.

"My intention was to go over and be a sports ambassador to North Korea so people understand how the people are in North Korea".

In a letter to Trump, the lawmakers wrote that any pact explicitly or implicitly giving Pyongyang sanctions relief without verification of its obligations to dismantle its nuclear and missile arsenal "is a bad deal".

The Trump administration has slowly revealed details of the meeting, which the president cancelled last month only to reinstate days later.

The June 12 meeting will be the first between sitting leaders of each country and will focus on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Regarding the abduction issue, Trump expressed his intention to make full efforts to achieve the return of Japanese abductees to Japan at a press conference after a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in April.

On Tuesday, former senators Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar briefed Trump and Pence on their lessons learned co-sponsoring a law aimed at securing and dismantling nuclear weapons after the fall of the Soviet Union. And Trump is not the first USA leader to concentrate on a nuclear issue at the expense of other matters.

Notably absent from Trump's delegation: Vice President Mike Pence, who will remain in the US, and Defense Secretary James Mattis.

National security adviser John Bolton. A friendly North Korea may help the USA reduce its military bill on the peninsula while still being in a position to keep an eye on China. That was the case when Trump recognized a North Korean defector during his State of the Union address in January and hosted a group of North Korean escapees in the Oval Office.

It quoted Assad as saying: 'I am going to visit and meet Kim Jong-un'.

Despite US President Donald Trump's comments that North Korea appears open to denuclearizing quickly, experts say that the process will likely take years.

The removal of top North Korean military officials from their positions is inviting speculation about internal instability in the Kim Jong Un regime. "It is weighing whether to tighten its blood ties [with China] and enter the [U.S.] summit talks emboldened or exercise restraint and appeasement".

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