White House: North Korea still a threat to US

North Korea's Kim Jong-un in China for two-day visit

FILE PHOTO: North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un listens to U.S. President Donald Trump as they meet in a one-on-one bilateral session at the start of their summit at the Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa, Singapore June 12, 2018.

The two leaders agreed to hold family reunions on August 15, which is marked as National Liberation Day in both countries.

Trump also said the remains of USA troops missing from the Korean War were in the process of being returned to the United States from North Korea, correcting a statement he made a day earlier.

Each country will send 100 participants, the ministry said, to be chosen from what is normally a huge number of applications. The families were driven apart during the turmoil of the war.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday began a two-day visit in China that may include a summit with President Xi Jinping, according to sources.

It is unknown whether the defectors were brought up at Friday's meeting, but the two sides agreed to continue discussions on "humanitarian issues" through further Red Cross talks, according to the joint statement.


Kim and Moon met again in May. The violent scenes of American war crimes or crushing USA troops are starting to give way to signs that push for the success of an ongoing five-year economic growth plan, reports NK News. The North Korean delegation led by Pak Thae-song, a close aide to Kim, met with top officials of Shaanxi Province. -North Korea relations are entirely friendly for the foreseeable future, the threat that its nuclear weapons could be mismanaged, stolen, or seized by unsafe groups would remain.

Since the end of the Korean War, both Koreas have banned ordinary citizens from visiting relatives on the other side of the border or contacting them without permission. Almost 20,000 Koreans have participated in 20 rounds of face-to-face temporary reunions held between the countries since 2000.

Now, South Korean officials hope they can discuss plans for a survey to confirm surviving members of war-separated families with the possibility of home town visits and exchanges of letters. More than 75,000 have since died and 60 percent are aged 80 or older. None of the past participants has had a second reunion. South Korea has taken an active role in trying to broker peace between the nations, and between North Korea and the US.

Trump boasted at a Cabinet meeting Thursday that his administration has had "tremendous success" with North Korea, adding that denuclearization had already begun. An advance party will also travel from South Korea five days before the event to help with preparations.

The meeting could get contentious if North Korean officials reiterate the country's demand for the return of 12 North Korean restaurant workers in return for allowing reunions.

"There is much demand for group tours for North Korea, because of rising Chinese interest in the North after a series of its summits with China, the US and South Korea".

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