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Kim Jong-un ‘invites Trump to visit Pyongyang in letter’

Kim Jong-un ‘invites Trump to visit Pyongyang in letter’Kim Jong-un invited Donald Trump to visit Pyongyang in a letter sent in August amid stalled denuclearisation talks, according to diplomatic sources.Mr Kim spoke of his “willingness” for a third summit and extended an invitation for the US president to visit the North Korean capital, the Joongang Ilbo newspaper reported.



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Samsung heir among business leaders joining South Korea's visit to Pyongyang

Samsung heir among business leaders joining South Korea's visit to PyongyangThe heir to the Samsung empire and the leaders of several other South Korean conglomerates will go to Pyongyang this week for an inter-Korean summit, Seoul announced Sunday. Samsung's Lee Jae-yong and the heads of the SK and LG groups will be part of President Moon Jae-in's delegation as he heads for a meeting with the North's leader Kim Jong-un, Moon's office said. Kim Yong-hwan, vice-chairman of Hyundai Motor Group – whose founder was a refugee from the North – will be among the entourage. Hyun Jeong-eun, chairwoman of the separate Hyundai Group which pioneered many cross-border economic projects, will also accompany Mr Moon. Ms Hyun met Kim's father Kim Jong-il several times. She was among the first South Koreans to meet the young leader when he assumed power following his father's death in 2011. Mr Moon, who favours dialogue with the North to nudge it toward denuclearisation, has advocated closer economic ties across the border, despite multiple sanctions on the North over its atomic weapons and ballistic missile programmes. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in raise their hands after signing a joint statement in April 2018  Credit: Korea Summit Press Pool via AP, File He is set to fly to the North's capital Tuesday for a three-day summit with Kim – his third meeting this year with the young ruler of the isolated country. The delegation of about 200 includes top Seoul officials including its spy chief, foreign minister and defence chief as well as prominent figures in the economy, religion, culture and sports, Mr Moon's office said. Mr Lee is the de facto leader of the Samsung group, by far the South's biggest conglomerate, which includes Samsung Electronics – the world's largest maker of smartphones as well as memory chips. Other delegates include Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-jung of the Catholic church, a female ice hockey player who led the joint inter-Korean team which competed in the South's 2018 Winter Olympics, and K-pop star Ailee. US efforts to persuade the nuclear-armed North to disarm have been stalled for months after Kim and Donald Trump, the US president, vowed to denuclearize the peninsula at a landmark summit in June. Mr Moon, who was instrumental in brokering that meeting, is hoping to play the role of a mediator again this week. He is also expected to discuss several joint economic projects agreed during his first summit with Kim at the border truce village of Panmunjom in April.



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Moon seeks to break nuclear deadlock at Pyongyang summit

Moon seeks to break nuclear deadlock at Pyongyang summitSouth Korean President Moon Jae-in travels to Pyongyang this week for his third summit with Kim Jong Un, looking to break the deadlock in nuclear talks between North Korea and the United States. Moon — whose own parents fled the North during the 1950-53 Korean War — flies north on Tuesday for a three-day trip, following in the footsteps of his predecessors Kim Dae-jung in 2000 and mentor Roh Moo-hyun in 2007. No details of the programme have been announced but Pyongyang is likely to pull out all the stops to create a good impression, with tens of thousands of people lining the streets to welcome him.



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Rival Korea leaders to meet in Pyongyang in September

Rival Korea leaders to meet in Pyongyang in SeptemberSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The rival Koreas announced Monday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet in Pyongyang sometime in September, while their envoys also discussed Pyongyang's nuclear disarmament efforts and international sanctions.



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Flight from Pyongyang lands in Singapore ahead of North Korean leader's arrival

Flight from Pyongyang lands in Singapore ahead of North Korean leader's arrivalBy Dewey Sim and Fathin Ungku SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A rare direct flight from Pyongyang landed in Singapore on Saturday ahead of the expected arrival of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un for a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump to discuss ending the North’s isolation and its nuclear program. The arrival of the Air China Airbus 330 flight at Changi airport raised speculation that a delegation of North Korean officials joined an advance team headed by Kim’s close aide, Kim Chang Son, who was in Singapore to prepare for the talks.



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Trump faces North Korea dilemma after Bolton infuriates Pyongyang

Trump faces North Korea dilemma after Bolton infuriates PyongyangCould the inevitable compromise at a Kim Jong-un summit could force a parting of the ways between Donald Trump and his third national security adviser? North Korea’s denunciation of John Bolton has forced Donald Trump to decide whether to stick with his national security adviser and his hardline tactics, or push ahead with a summit with Kim Jong-un that will provide historic spectacle but an uncertain outcome.



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US-North Korea live updates: Trump taunts Kim Jong-un over nuclear button hours before Pyongyang reopens South Korea hotline

US-North Korea live updates: Trump taunts Kim Jong-un over nuclear button hours before Pyongyang reopens South Korea hotlineNorth Korea reopened its border hotline with South Korea hours after Donald Trump mocked Kim Jong-un by saying he has a “bigger and more powerful” nuclear button. The North Korean dictator ordered the hotline at the truce village of Panmunjom to be reopened at 6.30am. Officials from the two Koreas exchanged their names and examined their communications lines to make sure they were working during a 20-minute conversation, Seoul’s Unification Ministry said.



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SitRep: North Korea Smuggling Weapons to Egypt; Trump Orders Pyongyang Hacks

SitRep: North Korea Smuggling Weapons to Egypt; Trump Orders Pyongyang Hacks  By Paul McLeary with Adam Rawnsley BREAKING: At least 50 people are dead and over 200 wounded in an attack at a country music festival in Las Vegas Sunday night. Authorities have identified the shooter as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Las Vegas, who opened fire from his room at the Mandalay Bay hotel next …



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Trump warns 'fire and fury' if North Korea threatens U.S., Pyongyang weighs Guam strike

Trump warns 'fire and fury' if North Korea threatens U.S., Pyongyang weighs Guam strikeBy James Oliphant and Ben Blanchard BEDMINSTER, N.J./BEIJING (Reuters) – President Donald Trump warned North Korea on Tuesday it would face “fire and fury” if it threatens the United States, prompting the nuclear-armed nation to say it was considering firing missiles at Guam, a U.S.-held Pacific island. As tensions escalated, Pyongyang said it was “carefully examining” a plan to strike Guam, site of a U.S. military base. A North Korean military spokesman, in a statement carried by state-run KCNA news agency, said the plan would be put into practice once leader Kim Jong Un makes a decision.



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Under ICBM’s red glare, Pyongyang pretties up its ‘pyramid’

Under ICBM's red glare, Pyongyang pretties up its 'pyramid'While North Korea’s second launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile dominated headlines late last week, Pyongyang quietly unveiled renovations around the capital’s biggest landmark: a futuristic, …



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