Korea marks late founder's birthday, no provocation of US

Doan Thi Huong

"He also expressed his willingness for the resumption of dialogue between North Korea and the United States and a third summit between North Korea and the United States", Moon said about Kim.

The Kremlin said Monday that a first-ever summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) top leader Kim Jong Un is being prepared.

In a speech delivered to North Korea's rubber-stamp parliament on Friday, Kim said he is open to a third summit with Trump but set an end-of-year deadline for Washington to offer mutually acceptable terms for an agreement. Trump welcomed further talks between the pair, pointing to their "excellent relationship".

We should recognize that the nuclear, other weapons of mass destruction, conventional weapons and ballistic missile delivery programs now in the hands of the North Koreans are perceived by the Pyongyang regime as irreplaceable elements critical to the sustainment of that regime.

Earlier on Monday, the South Korean Yonhap News Agency quoted unnamed sources as saying that Kim may meet with Putin at the end of April on the eve of or right after Putin's visit to Beijing.

Washington has blamed the deadlock on the North's demands for sanctions relief in return for limited nuclear disarmament, but Pyongyang said it had wanted only some of the measures eased.

A Vietnamese woman accused of killing the half-brother of North Korea's dictator will be freed from a Malaysian prison on May 3, according to her lawyer. In a recent speech, North Korea's leader said he was willing to hold another summit with the United States leader.

President Moon Jae-in, center, moves into a reception room in the Blue House along with military leaders who attended a ceremony where they were promoted to higher ranks on Monday.

"In his speech after being re-elected as the State Affairs Commission chairman, Kim once again declared his strong determination for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the establishment of peace", Moon said.

From past experience, the North Koreans may elect to mount a provocation, be that act directed at the United States, Japan or South Korea. Experts said this could be a sign of his desire to keep recent months of up-and-down nuclear diplomacy alive rather than returning to the threats and weapons tests that characterized 2017, when many feared possible war on the Korean Peninsula.

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