North Korea skips mention of nuclear weapons at Supreme People's Assembly

North Korea skips mention of nuclear weapons at Supreme People's Assembly

North Korea skips mention of nuclear weapons at Supreme People's Assembly

Speaking at the White House, Trump expressed hope that relations - which for a century have been marked by war, animosity and a perilous arms race - could be put on a friendlier footing.

Trump and Kim are expected to meet in May or June to talk about the denuclearization of the regime.

North Korea has told the United States it is prepared to discuss the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula when Mr Kim meets Mr Trump, a U.S. official told Reuters on Sunday. Although Kim Jong-un's attendance is not mandatory, he has at times given speeches at the event. "I think we'll go in with a lot of respect and we'll see what happens, but China has really helped us at the border and we appreciate it".

North Korea has intensified diplomatic efforts recently, at a time when inter-Korean relations have been improving since the North chose to take part in the February 9-25 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics hosted by the South.

"We are getting along very well, think we're going to do some great things", Trump said, adding that getting rid of nuclear weapons was "very good for them, good for everybody". "I think it's certainly very beneficial to them".

On Monday, Kim attended a Politburo meeting that mentioned the upcoming summits, so they were probably also on the agenda in the parliamentary meeting.

Last year, North Korea accused Pompeo of favoring such a policy after the Central Intelligence Agency director told a forum in July that it was important to separate the country's nuclear weapons from the "character who holds the control over them".

South Korean President Moon Jae-in's top national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, was in Washington earlier in the day and met with his US counterpart, John Bolton, to discuss preparations for the summits.

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