North Korea, China leaders agree to boost 'strategic, tactical' cooperation

Pauline Gross
June 22, 2018

The site is mainly used to test large Paektusan engines built for long-range missiles such as the Hwasong-15. They're blowing it up.

"That's a big thing - for the missiles that they were testing, the site is going to be destroyed very soon".

After meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang in March, South Korea's national security adviser and spy chief said Kim was committed to denuclearizing the Korean peninsula and had expressed a willingness to meet US.

As part of Trump's agreement to address North Korea's nuclear program, the two nations committed to sending home the remains of US soldiers, "including the immediate repatriation of those already identified".

- "Friendship, unity and cooperation" - The North Korean leader, who was greeted by a military honour guard and cheering children at the Great Hall of the People Tuesday, said he valued the "recently strengthened strategic cooperation" between the two countries, according to North Korea's official KCNA news agency.

On Wednesday, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said discussion of returning MIA remains were ongoing. "Detailed negotiations have not begun", he said. "I wouldn't expect that at this point".

South Korean representatives to the Red Cross talks left on Thursday for the South's eastern border town of Goseong and set out for the meeting venue in North Korea early on Friday.

The Pentagon did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trump's latest remarks. There's even some support for inviting Kim to the White House, with 39 per cent of Americans open to an idea that 25 per cent oppose.

The site in question is the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground where North Korea has previously tested "liquid-propellant engines for its long-range ballistic missiles", according to a USA official who spoke to Reuters.

Trump, who has been leading an worldwide drive to press North Korea to abandon development of nuclear missiles capable of reaching the United States, told reporters after the June 12 summit that Kim had pledged to dismantle one of his missile installations.

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CNN reported Tuesday that the remains of as many as 200 USA troops could be returned as part of that agreement, but officials said it was too early to say how many would be included.

The sources said travel agencies in Xian are expected to introduce group tour packages for North Korea in time for the opening of direct flight services.

Mr. Trump said that U.S. "Maybe you end up with conflict, maybe you don't", he said. "Maybe you don't", he said. The relationship is very good.

"Our government hopes that the June 12 summit agreements between North Korea and the US, including the repatriation of USA soldier remains, will be implemented swiftly to achieve the goals of completely denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and establishing a peace regime", the ministry's spokesman Noh Kyu-duk said at a press briefing.

In the joint statement, Kim "reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", but made no reference to a timeline.

The report came a day after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un concluded a two-day visit to Beijing, the country's sole major ally, the week after his historic summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore.

"That's OK. That's OK". With stakes in the region, India Today asked if India and Pakistan could work out their difference like North and South Korea are doing, to which she suggested "dialogue" and "diplomatic" engagement saying, "I'm a diplomat and I'm for dialogue and communication".

Trump and Kim also agreed on the repatriation of the remains of American soldiers killed during the 1950-1953 Korean War.

The state department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Tuesday that although the USA had been in touch with Pyongyang there was nothing to announce on Pompeo's travel plans.

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