Kim leaves China as S. Korea urges 'concrete' plan on nukes

Nellie Chapman
June 21, 2018

"While North Korea agreed to nothing new, the United States took the unprecedented step to indefinitely suspend our joint military exercises with our ally", said Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee subpanel on Asia and Pacific issues.

China expressed its strongest support so far Tuesday for the denuclearization deal between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, although concerns are mounting that Mr. Trump's aggressive tariffs on Chinese goods could lead Beijing to be less cooperative in the US -led push to get Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons arsenal.

The Philippines, along with some other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, has overlapping territorial claims with China in the disputed sea.

When the United States recovered 208 cases of remains from the North Koreans in the 1990s, in what became known as the "K208 cases", scientists found that they were extensively commingled, with the remains of at least 400 service members inside.

Kim reportedly agreed to work toward complete denuclearization of the peninsula in exchange for the USA suspending all military exercises in South Korea.

That saw both leaders sign a document to say that North Korea would dump its nukes, in return for economic help from the US.

Xi reportedly praised the outcome of the Singapore summit, calling it an "important step toward the political solution of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue", according to the party-controlled press.

Japan is eyeing a meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, government sources said a week ago, and Japanese media have reported that one possibility was for Abe to visit Pyongyang, perhaps as early as August.

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This picture taken on June 19, 2018 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on June 20, 2018 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, shaking hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Items critical of the US are no longer stocked at shops geared toward tourists on the North Korean side of the demilitarized zone (DMZ), as well as in the cities of Pyongyang and Kaesong.

"North Korea is reportedly returning to the USA the remains of up to 200 people believed to be members of the US armed forces who died during the Korean War".

Trump said he has no plans to decrease the number of USA troops in the South as part of security assurances for the North, but has left open the possibility to do so in the future.

He said: 'They've stopped the sending of missiles, including ballistic missiles.

The failed 2012 mission was expected to focus on two areas: Unsan County, about 100 kilometres north of Pyongyang, and the Chosin Reservoir. "I was living on the border, so we were friends with the military border guards".

The most famous mass games event were the Arirang performances, which told the propagandistic tale of North Korea's resurgence after the twin tragedies of Japanese colonial rule and then war. The summit not only relieved significant pressure on North Korea but also scaled back the American military threat in China's backyard.

North Korea could start the process of handing over the remains of troops, including Americans, missing from the Korean War within the next few days, two United States officials told Reuters on Tuesday.

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