South Korea's president told President Trump in a phone call earlier this week that he is planning to send a special envoy to Pyongyang.Graham has in the past repeated a warning that the U.S.is "headed toward a war" with North Korea and praised Trump's "fire and fury" rhetoric against the regime.
Regarding President Trump's warning of a "phase two" if new USA sanctions against the North did not work, North Korea condemned the remark as "dangerous" and as destroying recent positive developments on the peninsula, driving conditions toward extreme confrontation. Scott Simon talks with Bruce Bechtol, a former Korea analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un dispatched senior officials for the occasion, including Kim Yo Jong, his younger sister and first vice director of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.
Moon has sought to use the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics that ended last Sunday to open dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang, while the North mounted a charm offensive during the Games, sending athletes, cheerleaders and high-level delegations.
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China delayed a USA request for a United Nations Security Council committee to blacklist 33 ships, 27 shipping companies, and a Taiwan man for violating global sanctions on North Korea, diplomats said on Friday.
A North Korea official has threatened the USA yet again, promising "its own mode of counteraction" if the US takes part in joint military exercises with South Korea in the coming months.
The Japanese foreign minister seeks to ensure the need to maintain close ties among Japan, the United States and South Korea through the meetings, at a time when relations between the two Koreas are beginning to show signs of thawing. Washington has made it clear that steps by North Korea toward denuclearization should be the basis of any dialogue between the two countries.
The latest United States intelligence assessment about North Korea's nuclear ballistic missile program judges that Kim Jong Un's regime has continued to make progress on improving the guidance of their missiles that would allow them to hit specific targets, according to an administration official with knowledge of the assessment.