North Korea's Kim Jong Un Replaces Military Leaders


"Whether that suits the North Korean side, time will tell, " Peskov said, with definitive details on the proposed meeting still to be confirmed.

The Trump administration hopes the Singapore summit will bring clear pledges from Kim to being rolling back the country's nuclear program.

But it was another topic that has embarrassed the President repeatedly - his reported reluctance to read - that tripped him up soon after the White House meeting, when he addressed White House reporters.

United States officials believe there has been some dissent in the North Korean military about Kim's overtures to Seoul and Washington. Ri was caught on television apparently falling asleep during a meeting of the Central Committee on May 20 and may well have been punished for it.

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.

South Korea's Blue House on Monday quashed suggestions a formal end to the Korean War could be announced at the Trump-Kim summit.

The moves are likely linked in part to Kim Jong Un's drive to have the military take a bigger role in critical infrastructure projects.

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Asked whether the US maximum-pressure campaign against North Korea would continue, Sanders said USA policy had not changed and Washington continued to maintain tough sanctions on Pyongyang. South Korean government ministries did not confirm or deny it.

Yonhap identified the three officials as defence chief Pak Yong-sik, chief of the Korean People's Army's (KPA) general staff Ri Myong-su, and director of the KPA's General Political Bureau Kim Jong-gak.

And in the "Frunze Academy Affair", elite young officers who had been studying at Moscow's Frunze Academy, and were recalled home after the death of first-generation dictator Kim Il-sung, are believed to have plotted a regime overthrow.

In preparation for the Singapore summit, Kim Jong Un has reportedly shaken up North Korea's military leadership-though it's not clear whether it's the kind of reshuffle that involves executions or mere demotions.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) offered Pyongyang to pay for its delegation's stay in Singapore during the US-DPRK summit on denuclearization.

They added that the GPB could be influential enough to resist leadership policy decisions and try to profit from future South Korean economic aid.

That official said US negotiators' efforts to press for definitions of immediate, comprehensive, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization by North Korea had run into opposition from the White House.