Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Vietnamese suspect in Kim Jong Nam murder to be released soon

Vietnamese suspect in Kim Jong Nam murder to be released soon

Another source said that a summit between Putin and Kim could take place before or after the Beijing forum, adding that there have been signals that North Koreans are making preparations for a summit.

Moon has been eager to regain momentum in talks with North Korea since Kim's second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, in Vietnam in February, failed due to conflicting demands by Pyongyang for sanctions relief and by Washington for sweeping North Korean measures to abandon its nuclear program.

"I agree with Kim Jong Un of North Korea that our personal relationship remains very good, perhaps the term excellent would be even more accurate, and that a third Summit would be good in that we fully understand where we each stand", Trump posted to Twitter.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is willing to go anywhere to meet Kim Jong Un for a fourth summit, he said Monday, hailing the North Korean leader's willingness to salvage high-stakes talks with the United States.

But the pair always maintained they were innocent pawns in a plan hatched by North Korea and believed they were carrying out pranks for a reality TV show.

The situation on the Korean Peninsula, which since 1953 has long divided the two countries with differing political systems, improved a year ago with Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in having held several meetings.

In Hanoi, talks between Washington and Pyongyang broke down after the United States refused a North Korean offer to grant access to American inspectors to key plutonium and uranium-production facilities at the Yongbyon nuclear complex in exchange for relief from a wide-range of United Nations Security Council resolution sanctions pertaining to North Korea's civilian economy.

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. According to the agency, the Russia-North Korea summit is likely to be held in the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok.

"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. During his speech to the SPA, Kim did not once mention the word "denuclearization".

Although they described the exercises as defensive in nature, the United States and South Korea have downsized the drills to create a space for diplomacy with North Korea, which sees them as invasion rehearsals. He said the North's economy would prevail despite the heavy US -led sanctions imposed over its nuclear weapons program and that he wouldn't "obsess over summitry with the United States out of thirst for sanctions relief".

"Now the North is turning its eyes to Russia", Park said.

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