How did Mr Biegun's visit go?
To obtain successful results from the upcoming summit, it is necessary in working-level talks to discuss details in regard to the North's disclosure of its nuclear and missile development programs, and dismantlement of its nuclear arms as well as verification procedures.
South Korea's Yonhap news agency quoted the Foreign Ministry in Seoul as saying that Biegun had arrived in the South Korean capital from Pyongyang on Friday evening and would meet with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha on Saturday morning to provide a briefing on the results of his talks. But progress has since stalled, with the two sides disagreeing over what that means. We have some hard work to do with DPRK between now and then.
It is obvious that the encirclement to cut off North Korea's funding sources has become loose.
South Korea's government couldn't immediately confirm the report.
In April past year, the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, led by Kim Jong Un, pledged to concentrate more on building a "powerful socialist economy", while promising to discontinue nuclear and ICBM tests.
"North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, will become a great Economic Powerhouse", he added. "It is undecided where we will meet, but we'd like to coordinate our policies firmly", Kono said. On one hand, U.S. negotiator Stephen Biegun announced that the North had pledged to destroy all its nuclear enrichment facilities.
Following an ICBM test on November 29, 2017, when the Hwasong-15 was sacked, Kim Jong Un declared North Korea had "finally realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force".
One potential deal could see North Korea agreeing to dismantle key parts of its Nyongbyon nuclear complex, freeze its nuclear program, and allow in inspectors in exchange for the United States granting sanctions exemptions for inter-Korean activities at Kaesong and Diamond Mountain, said Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Dongguk University.
They have reportedly renamed the Key Resolve exercise "19-1 Exercise", while considering creating a new name for the Foal Eagle and downsizing it to battalion-level maneuvers to be conducted throughout the year.
The anniversary of the founding of the North Korean army was previously marked on April 25, the day in 1932 when Kim Il Sung launched the first revolutionary army. But their implementation has been delayed due to global sanctions on Pyongyang.