Rival Koreas agree to August reunions of war-split families

Is Kim trading a war-games suspension for sanctions relief in Beijing?

Is Kim trading a war-games suspension for sanctions relief in Beijing?

It was expected that Mr Kim would visit Beijing to brief Mr Xi on his summit with Mr Trump, which included and agreement that Pyongyang would hand over the remains of troops missing from the 1950-53 Korean War.

TRUMP: "We got back our great fallen heroes, the remains sent back today, already 200 have been sent back." - remarks Wednesday at rally in Duluth, Minnesota.

President Trump announced at a cabinet meeting on Thursday that North Korea's process of total denuclearization "has already started, " citing the destruction of an engine site and four big testing sites for their missile program. It's unclear whether North Korea would accept such plans.

Earlier this week, the US and South Korea announced they had agreed to suspend a joint military exercise scheduled for August, although decisions regarding subsequent drills have not yet been made.

The previous reunion, in 2015, was more expansive, allowing 650 South Koreans to visit relatives in the North.

Seoul's Unification Ministry said the meeting will discuss ways to carry out an agreement on the reunions made between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a summit in April.

Kim's motorcade was seen leaving the North Korean Embassy on Wednesday afternoon as police closed off major roads and intersections in central Beijing.

The US-based North Korea monitoring group 38 North said in an analysis at the end of last week there had been no sign of any activity toward dismantling Sohae or any other missile test site.

North Korea past year launched two missiles that flew over Japan.

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"The missile testing is not just done in Tongchang-ri so it does not necessarily mean all ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles) will be disabled". They stopped nuclear research.

"My situation was one of the luckiest ones from North Korea", she said. "I know that we're engaged on it". "It would be a vicious war".

The declaration outlined the two leaders' commitment to denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula in exchange for USA security guarantees. "Now the hard work to bring the initiative to fruition begins", Harman said.

"Before he left the country for talks with the United States, Kim Jong Un implemented a thorough "lockout" system targeting those who could potentially overthrow the state, in order to prevent a political crisis that would affect him", the source said.

It could take months or even years before the remains are positively identified, the officials added.

That could allow the lifting of UN Security Council economic sanctions that have caused a plunge in North Korea's foreign trade, although the US insists that easing of sanctions can only come after the North shows it has ended its nuclear programs.

Technically, the two Koreas are still at war.

South Korea is hoping the talks will make possible regular contact between families long divided by the border, and broadcaster KBS reported that Seoul's delegation was planning to propose postal contact and hometown visits as potential measures.

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