No missiles but ballet as North Korea's Kim puts on a show

No missiles but ballet as North Korea's Kim puts on a show

While tensions have occasionally flared, the two sides have so far staved off another devastating conflict.

Kim and his wife Ri Sol-ju on Monday watched a ballet choreodrama of "Red Women Company" by the Chinese art troupe, the KCNA reported.

The troupe, led by Song Tao, head of the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, is visiting Pyongyang to participate in the April Spring Friendship Art Festival.

On last year's Day of the Sun, Kim put on a military parade bristling with his latest ballistic missiles, exacerbating global tension over his nuclear weapon and missile programmes.

"The complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is the most urgent task that lies before us and a task we must complete peacefully", the president said while attending a Buddhist service held for the success of his upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

American officials are still sceptical of Kim's sudden overtures, with Trump's pick for secretary of state, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, telling lawmakers last week that North Korea should not expect rewards from talks with the United States until it takes irreversible steps to give up its nuclear weapons.

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According to the Munha report, the South Korean government official also said Moon and Kim were expected to hold in-depth discussions on the possibility of hosting a "second inter-Korean summit" next year.

Kim reportedly invited Xi to North Korea during his visit to China in late March. -North Korea summit to discuss issues arising from the talks.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un asked for China's economic assistance, as well as backing for the regime's survival and the easing of military threats, Asahi Shimbun reported Tuesday. With the test of that long-range missile in November, the North said it had "realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force". During negotiations, agreement was reached on holding a meeting of leaders of the two countries.

Earlier Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to Kazakhstan H.E. Kim Dae sik explained why President of the country Moon Jae-in had postponed his visit to Central Asian countries, including Kazakhstan.

While North Korea and China are mending ties, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe headed to the United States on Tuesday to meet Trump to discuss both trade and Trump's plans for a summit with the North Korean leader.

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