North Korea revives iconic mass games for 70th anniversary gala

North Korea revives iconic mass games for 70th anniversary gala

North Korea revives iconic mass games for 70th anniversary gala

President Donald Trump is touting a show of faith from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as the loyalty of his aides comes into question in the wake of an anonymous New York Times op-ed that undermines his presidency.

After the meeting, South Korea's national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, said the North Korean leader had also expressed his willingness to cooperate closely with South Korea and the United States to achieve that goal.

The pledge comes after Trump, frustrated with a lack of progress on disarmament, last month cancelled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's trip to Pyongyang after the North reportedly sent a belligerent letter to the U.S. leader. "We will get it done together!"

Trump cited insufficient progress by the Kim on his commitment to denuclearizing. Kim said he'd take "more active" measures toward denuclearisation if his moves are met with corresponding goodwill measures, Chung said.

"He made it clear that his trust in President Trump is unchanged".

Things have taken a turn for the better this year after Mr Kim's visits to Beijing.

Mr. Kim has not confirmed his attendance, but his participation would mark another major step in his efforts to bring Pyongyang out of global isolation over its nuclear programme. The date of the talks, which will come on the eve of a gathering of world leaders at the United Nations at the end of September, was to be released later Thursday.

Kim also continues using the term "complete denuclearization" to suggest he expects American nuclear forces to be withdrawn from striking range of North Korea-a tall order given the very long range of US nuclear forces.

Two senior members of South Korea's delegation to Pyongyang are to fly to China and Japan to brief them on their meeting with Kim.


Gérard Depardieu, the enfant bad of French cinema, has been spotted in the North Korean capital Pyongyang hours before the 70th anniversary of the country's birth.

The United States has 28,500 troops in South Korea and Trump has said in the past it should consider reducing the number unless Seoul shoulders more of the cost. He said this position is risky for South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un take a walk June 12 at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore.

"But the work of convincing Chairman Kim to make this strategic shift that we've talked about for a brighter future for the people of North Korea continues", Pompeo said.

Chung, whose official title is presidential national security director, spoke with his USA counterpart, John Bolton, on the phone on Thursday about his trip to North Korea.

The Korean leaders will meet in Pyongyang from September 18-20 in what will be their third meeting since April.

In New Delhi Thursday, Secretary of State Pompeo, the former USA intelligence chief who heads the U.S. negotiating effort, struck a sober note, saying there is still much work to do. The dismantled missile-engine test site at Tongchang-ri is North Korea's only test facility.

Under discussion is whether denuclearisation or declaring an end to the 1950-53 Korean War should come first.

Rorry Daniels, an Asia security specialist, says "the fact that the Chinese are sending a high-level pretty powerful official says that China has received some kind of assurances that North Korea will not be debuting any new technology at this parade". But negotiations have made little headway, while signs North Korea has maintained work on its weapons have emerged.

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