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Seoul seeking to verify reports 12 workers brought to ROK against their will, By Dagyum Ji and Oliver Hotham
Ministry of Unification reports it has been unable to meet face-to-face with women
The South Korean government on Friday said it is seeking to ascertain the truth behind local media reports that 12 North Korean restaurant workers who arrived in the ROK in 2016 were brought against their will. In comments made during a regular press briefing, Ministry of Unification (MOU) spokesperson Baik Tae-hyun was asked to comment on Friday .
N. Korea reassures ICAO of missile test halt amid expanding aviation activities, By Hamish Macdonald
Statement reiterates pledge made at ruling party meeting in April
North Korea has informed the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) that it will no longer fire missiles without warning. The statement was conveyed to the Directors of ICAO’s Air Navigation Bureau and Regional Office for the Asia-Pacific Stephen Creamer and Arun Mishra during a visit to the DPRK between May 7 and May 9 for meeting in April.
U.S. will not “walk into an Iran deal” with North Korea, says Trump, By Oliver Hotham
President insists Washington will not pursue JCPOA-type agreement at summit with Kim Jong Un
The United States will not pursue a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)-style deal with North Korea at an upcoming summit with Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump said on Thursday. Speaking to supporters in Indiana, the President said that while he believed the summit – now set to take place on June 12 in Singapore.
First North Korea-U.S. summit to take place in Singapore on June 12, By NK News
President Trump says he will try to make meeting a “special moment for World Peace”
A planned first meeting between DPRK leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump will take place in Singapore on June 12, Trump announced on social media on Thursday.
“The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th. We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!”
The news follows months of speculation on the potential date and time of what will represent the first-ever meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting U.S. President.
President Trump first accepted Kim Jong Un’s invitation to talk in March, following a meeting with South Korean officials at the White House.
Two visits by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Pyongyang since then have been seen as further laying the groundwork for the summit, with the second taking place this week and ending in the release of three U.S. citizens previously held captive in the North.
During his return trip from North Korea, Pompeo added that the summit is likely to last one day, though could stretch into two days if required.
The President reiterated on Thursday that he plans to use the talks to secure a North Korean commitment to denuclearization saying that the two leaders “have a very good chance of doing something very meaningful.”
North Korea had until this week remained silent on its leader’s plans to meet with Trump.
But a report by the Korean Central News Agency and subsequent coverage by ruling party organ the Rodong Sinmun on Thursday said the leader had made reference to the “coming DPRK-U.S. summit.”
“[Kim] said that the coming DPRK-U.S. summit would be a historic meeting for the excellent first step toward promotion of the positive situation development in the Korean peninsula and building of a good future,” KCNA said, in coverage of a Wednesday meeting between the DPRK leader and Pompeo.
Togo, Belize, and Sierra Leone continue to provide flags to DPRK-linked ships, By Leo Byrne
Togo and Sierra Leone registries share Dalian-based agents.
This story has been updated to include additional information from Togo’s UN implementation report Despite stricter sanctions, many DPRK linked-vessels continue to use flags from other countries, an NK Pro investigation can reveal, with Togo, Belize, and Sierra Leone among the most common choices for the most illicit elements of North Korea’s fleet.
Kim Jong Un’s public appearances in April: the inter-Korean summit dominates headlines, By Fyodor Tertitskiy
The month saw diplomatic niceties continue and a rare policy shift from the ruling party
Kim Jong Un’s appearances in April largely continued the diplomatic trend which began in March, with the leader’s continued overtures to China and a summit with South Korea. The most notable event of the month was undoubtedly the inter-Korean summit, which received extensive coverage in state media, but April also saw a symbolic concert by DPRK.
Moon Jae-in’s first year: what’s been achieved on North Korea? By Tom Eck
Building on the momentum of the past year must be the ROK President’s primary goal going forward
On May 10 last year, Moon Jae-in became President of South Korea. His election marked the first victory in a presidential election by a liberal party since 2002, returning the political left to power after nine years of conservative rule. President Moon took office in turbulent times, as Pyongyang’s continued launch of ballistic missile tests.