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North and South Korean leaders shake hands at the border

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, April 27th, 2018

Kim holding Moon’s hand as both step across to the North Korea side of the border (REUTERS)

Smiling and shaking hands, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met at the heavily fortified demilitarized zone between the countries on Friday (April 27,) in the first summit for the two Koreas in over a decade.

Moon greeted Kim at the military demarcation line at 9:30 a.m. (0030 GMT), making Kim the first North Korean leader to set foot in the South since the 1950-53 Korean War.

Kim invited Moon to step briefly across the demarcation line into North Korea, before the two leaders crossed back into South Korea holding hands.

The two were handed flowers by a South Korean boy and girl, residents of a village situated in the demilitarized zone. – Reuters

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Trump seeks to placate NoKor’s Kim after threat to scrap June 12 summit

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, May 18th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: A combination photo shows North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) photo release of Kim Jong Un on May 10, 2016 and US President Donald Trump posing for a photo on May 17, 2016 in New York City, USA. Reuters / KCNA / Lucas Jackson

 

US President Donald Trump seeks to placate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Thursday.

This, after Pyongyang, threatened to scrap the summit between the two leaders if Washington continues to insist on the North to end its nuclear program.

Trump says the US would guarantee Kim’s security in any deal, and that he would not suffer the fate of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi. It can be noted a senior US official suggested the North should follow the nuclear disarmament model of Libya.

The US president also criticized China, saying the North Korean leader has been possibly influenced by Beijing after the two recent visits Kim made there. — Reuters

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North Korea frees three US detainees ahead of Trump summit

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, May 10th, 2018

Korean-American detainee in Pyongyang Kim Dong Chul, 64, entering news conference room/REUTERS

 

North Korea has freed three US citizens from prison, according to a tweet from US President Donald Trump.

It is viewed as a goodwill gesture ahead of a historic summit between Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.

Trump said he would greet the men when they return with secretary of state Mike Pompeo, who has been in Pyongyang to arrange the planned talks.

The White House said Kim Hak-Song, Tony Kim and Kim Dong-Chul boarded the plane “without assistance”.

They had been jailed for anti-state activities and placed in labor camps. — Reuters

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Kim Jong-un meets Xi Jinping in second surprise visit to China

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

People watch a TV news report about the meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea May 8, 2018. REUTERS/Kwak Sung-Kyung

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited China this week and met President Xi Jinping, their second encounter in two months amid warming ties between the Cold War allies.

Their talks in the northeastern coastal city of Dalian comes as tension on the Korean Peninsula over North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons eases ahead of what would be a historic meeting between Kim and US President Donald Trump, as soon as this month, according to the White House.

Kim and Xi discussed relations between their two countries as well as “major issues of common concern”, and Kim restated Pyongyang’s desire to relinquish its nuclear arsenal.

Shortly after the summit was reported, Trump said on Twitter he would speak to Xi by phone about North Korea, where he said: “relationships and trust are building”. — Reuters

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