These Maps Show How to Unlock North Korea's Economy

These Maps Show How to Unlock North Korea's Economy

These Maps Show How to Unlock North Korea's Economy

North Korea has replaced its top three military officials ahead of a planned summit with President Donald Trump in Singapore, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reports.

USA officials believe there was some dissension in the military about Kim's approaches to South Korea and the United States.

The first vice minister of the Ministry of People's Armed Forces No Kwang Chol reportedly replaced Pak Yong Sik, and Ri Myong Su's position was filled by his deputy Ri Yong Gil.

Assad was quoted as saying: "I am going to visit the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and meet Kim Jong-un".

Both countries have faced worldwide isolation, North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, and Syria over its tactics during a bloody civil war.

The report did not mention when the meeting will be held.

Since the North signalled at the start of this year that it was open to a rapprochement with the South, with which it is still technically at war, Mr Kim has met Chinese President Xi Jinping, South Korea's Moon Jae-in and has floated a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin this year.

But North Korea's leadership is believed to regard nuclear weapons as crucial to its survival and has rejected unilaterally disarming.

Assad rarely leaves Syria, while no foreign head of state has visited North Korea, since Kim assumed office in 2011, upon the death of his father.

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'The nuclear weapons are a side issue, ' he said.

North Korea's nuclear weapons programme has been a source of major security tensions that persisted despite a series of United Nations and USA sanctions and it has also demonstrated advances in ballistic missile technology that experts believe now threatened the U.S. mainland.

Kim Jong Un is also likely expecting to receive more worldwide economic aid and investment soon as part of the ongoing talks and he wants to prevent corruption that plagued some past projects, Madden said.

All the newly promoted officials are younger than their predecessors, including 63-year-old Ri Yong-gil, who is 21 years younger than Ri Myong-su, Reuters reported.

If confirmed, this is likely to be the first time the North Korean leader is meeting a counterpart in Pyongyang.

"The world welcomes the remarkable events in the Korean peninsula brought about recently by the outstanding political caliber and wise leadership of HE King Jong-un", the news agency claimed.

However, US Secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis, affirmed on Sunday at an Asian Security Conference, that sanctions on North Korea would only be relaxed after "verifiable and irreversible steps" toward Pyongyang's denuclearization.

North Korean delegates to the preparatory talks for a summit with the USA leave the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore on Sunday.

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