South Korea envoys to meet security adviser McMaster during USA trip

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Chung Eui-yong, head of Seoul's National Security Office, will meet top U.S. officials including National Security Advisor HR McMaster and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Yonhap news agency said.

Mr Chung and Suh Hoon, the director of the South's National Intelligence Service, will brief Trump administration officials in Washington later this week about their meeting with Mr Kim.

An agreement between North and South Korea to hold a summit and signals about possible talks between North Korea and the USA are stirring concern in Japan about its diplomatic nightmare - being left out in the cold.

"Me", he joked, before crediting US -led sanctions that, with China's help, are punishing North Korea's economy.

"North Korea wants concessions from the US and the global community so the pressure on its deteriorating economy can be lifted", Yun said.

"A window of opportunity may now exist to take this discussion forward", Tomas Ojea Quintana, the UN special rapporteur for the rights situation in North Korea, said in the report which will be debated before the UN Human Rights Council next week. He said Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will establish a "hotline" communication channel to lower military tensions, and would speak together before the get-together.

Kim Jong Un is willing to give up nuclear weapons if the security of his regime is guaranteed, according to South Korea, after he reportedly said it was the last wish of his father.

Kim Jong Un reportedly has an "unconventional" proposal to deliver to the US through South Korean delegates headed to the United States for nuclear talks, a South Korean diplomatic source told the South China Morning Post.

China Boosts Spending to Bolster Military Capabilities
According to a budget report to be submitted to national legislature on Monday, defense budget will be 1.11 trillion yuan. China's defense spending as a share of GDP and the budget also remains lower than that of other major nations, he said.

If true, it means that North Korea has begun to climb down from its repeated insistence on maintaining its nuclear program no matter what, as a professed imperative of national security.

Despite the possibility of talks, two defense officials told CNN the United States has no plans to hold off on its annual drills with the South Korea military.

Rodong Sinmun regularly publishes incendiary opinion pieces reflective of the government's attitudes, mostly targeting South Korea, Japan, and the United States.

The State Department's roster of senior diplomats dealing with and experienced on North Korea is seriously depleted.

He seemed to be on his way to the embassy when he had a falling out with the president over the notion of a first strike, the idea that even if North Korea had not fired any weapons at us or allies, we might strike in anticipation.

The two leaders will meet on the southern side of the fortified border village of Panmunjom for what would be only the third inter-Korean summit since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

"That's far from the complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation that the U.S. expects", Koh added. Better to join South Korea talks with the North, offering the carrot not the stick. The sanctions might also have hurt the regime's ability to conduct more missile and nuclear tests, something they did regularly in 2017. The Trump administration also pushed through some of the harshest economic sanctions any country has ever faced.