Kim will never give up his nuclear weapons, say MPs

The South Koreans held rare performances in Pyongyang as a prelude to the historic inter-Korean summit scheduled for April 27 and in reciprocation to North Koreans' performance in the South in February in celebration of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

North Korea's official news agency KCNA had said that a delegation headed by Ri left on Tuesday to meet other foreign ministers in Azerbaijan and to visit Russian Federation, but made no mention of China.

China had largely sat on the sidelines as North Korea improved relations with South Korea, raising worries in Beijing that it was no longer a central player in the North Korean issue.

No one knows for certain how ongoing US and South Korean efforts to engage North Korea will play out.

Fluent in Chinese, he worked as an interpreter for former North Korean leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il and has handled diplomatic affairs regarding Pyongyang's relationship with China.

Touching on the North Korean leader's proposal after the concert to hold another round of concerts in Seoul by the North's artists this autumn, Do said he could read Kim's aggressive will to resolve pending issues on the Korean Peninsula through his meetings with South Korean and US presidents.

Trump and Kim are expected to have a sitdown for a major peace summit during May.

UNSC sanctions ban such gifts to North Korean officials, putting the limit on US$100 per item and no luxury goods.

Vice-Admiral Igor Kostyukov, first deputy chief for the main directorate of the Russian military's general staff, said: "The situation around the Korean peninsula has always been balancing on the brink of a regional war".

Worrisome thinking by a cross-party group of MPs working as a Defence Committee has warned that we could be in range of a nuclear strike by North Korea within 18 months, although they think we'll probably be OK as the regime doesn't deem us much of a threat.

The statements, made at a January 23 hearing, were published Thursday in a committee report on North Korea's nuclear ambitions. But some signs of schisms in worldwide sanctions are causing concerns.

These are on the list of those who helped North Korea with oil and coal smuggling through the sea. But the denuclearization of North Korea involves not only the peninsula, but also China and other parts of East Asia. A face-to-face meeting between North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump is provisionally scheduled to take place before the end of May.

South Korean records show only 13 agreements have been ratified by South Korean parliament since June 2000. South Korea will suggest North Korea representatives to come into the meeting room by their feet.

  • Wendy Palmer