USA discussing exchanging liaison officers with North Korea

USA discussing exchanging liaison officers with North Korea

North Korea is facing a "historic turning point", the country's main newspaper said Sunday, in an apparent reference to next week's summit between leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Trump reiterated that the USA would not lift sanctions.

Now that North Korea has already begun to implement concrete measures toward denuclearization, including suspension of nuclear and missile tests, the United States should take reciprocal actions, Uriminzokkiri, North Korea's propaganda website, said Friday.

"If I had not been elected president of the United States, we would right now, in my opinion, be in a major war with North Korea with potentially millions of people killed", Trump asserted during a State of the Union speech.

In their upcoming direct talks, Kim is likely to strongly urge Trump to ease global economic sanctions and allow it to receive humanitarian aid from other countries, foreign affairs experts say.

Moreover, Trump's unilateral decision to grant Kim's request to suspend joint military exercises with South Korea during their first summit has raised concerns about a potential US pull-back after the second.

Critics argue that there is no sign of progress toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, a major goal set in Singapore summit past year. "I have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un", Trump said ahead of his meeting.

"But China, Russia, on the border, have really been at least partially living up to what they're supposed to be doing", he said.

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The message said the families only "want to live quiet lives with the victims".

The emphasis on a nation-first attitude and economic development comes as North Korea is preparing for a summit with the United States. "In fact, he told me he was so close to starting a big war with North Korea", Trump alleged.

According to Bob Woodward's recent book, "Fear: Trump in the White House", Obama did mull a strike against Pyongyang, asking aides if a single missile strike could wipe out the Pyongyang's entire nuclear arsenal.

"Family members of abductees simply aspire to live in peace with those abducted by North Korea, and the Sukuu Kai will continually press the Japanese government to realize the goal". "We're dealing with them, we're talking to them", he said.

The United States and North Korea remain technically at war as the 1950-1953 Korean War - in which USA -led multinational forces fought alongside the South against the North, backed by China and the Soviet Union - ended in a cease-fire.

"But they made it clear that there will be no relief of economic sanctions until they see substantial progress", said the source who also spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue. North Korea also looked at possible sites in Washington, DC.

According to Trump, if Obama was still in the office, or if Hillary Clinton succeeded him, the USA would have gone to war with the nascent nuclear power.

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