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North Korea was behind murder of Kim Jong Un's brother — US

10 Marcha 2018
North Korea was behind murder of Kim Jong Un's brother — US

North Korea has vowed not to test missiles or nuclear weapons during proposed talks with the United States and South Korea, officials from South Korea said Tuesday after returning from meetings in Pyongyang.

On March 5-6, a South Korean delegation led by National Security Director Chung Eui-yong visited Pyongyang to ensure rapprochement between the two countries and promote dialogue between North Korea and the United States.

The joint military exercises, which were delayed this year after Kim agreed to send a delegation to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, are a test of whether the Kim regime's priority truly is the security of the North. The military maneuvers are preparing for a scenario in which the North invades the South, not the other way around.

North Korea's chemical agents may also have links to Syria in an exchange that U.N. investigators say supplies Assad with chemical weapons components, and cash-strapped Pyongyang with funds for its nuclear and missiles program, according to a leaked report reviewed by the Associated Press.

Doan Thi Huong, 29, from Vietnam and Siti Aisyah, 25, from Indonesia were arrested based on CCTV footage and they are now on trial for his murder. In 2010, the country stunned the region by unveiling a small, industrial-scale uranium enrichment facility that could allow it a second route to manufacture nuclear weapons.

"We hope that all relevant parties can seize the current opportunity, work for the shared goal and make concerted efforts to promote the process of denuclearisation of the Peninsula and politically resolving the Korean Peninsula issue", Geng said.

FILE - People watch a television news screen showing images of U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, Nov. 29, 2017. He said Japan is on the same page as the United States, citing U.S. Vice President Mike Pence as saying Washington's pressure campaign is unchanged, with all options still on the table.

"We have come certainly a long way, at least rhetorically, with North Korea", Trump said.

SHAPIRO: She's a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies here in Washington. In a fit, a president who disdains embarrassment - who never wants to be branded a "loser" - strikes back at North Korea. The Trump administration has also said that, if necessary, it is prepared to use military force as well to eliminate the nuclear threat. On such exposure, it severely disrupts the body's signalling between the nervous and muscular systems. It has built a nuclear weapons and a conventional weapons arsenal as a shield against any attempt to overthrow the government in the North. It has good reason to worry about regime change.

Bilateral trade between India and North Korea declined to $133.43 million in 2016-17 from $198.78 million in the previous fiscal.

The agency did not provide details on what that agreement was but an official from the presidential Blue House in Seoul said it partially addressed the summit offer made by the North.

Trump welcomed the DPRK's breakthrough declaration that it wanted to talk to the US and would not need nuclear weapons if its security was guaranteed as positive and apparently sincere.

This information was delivered by South Korean envoys who have just spent two days in North Korea's capital, Pyongyang.

Chung told reporters he had an additional, undisclosed message from the North for the U.S.

On Tuesday, he reportedly held talks with former United Nations ambassador John Bolton, who is tipped to replace McMaster and recently advocated a "first strike" against North Korea.

It will be the third meeting between the leaders of North and South, but the first to take place in the DMZ after summits in Pyongyang in 2000 and 2007.

Violators of the weapons act are subject to a raft of restrictions, including on U.S. foreign aid, military assistance and diplomatic relations.

Many experts believe North Korea won't easily give up a nuclear program that it has doggedly developed, despite years of escalating international pressure, to cope with what it claims is U.S. hostility.