North Korea not listed as ‘enemy’ in Seoul protection report

The two Koreas have about one million troops near their border and have yet to reach a peace treaty to end the 1950-53 Korean War

The announcement came after Mr. Trump met with top North Korean official Kim Yong Chol in the Oval Office Friday afternoon.

Vietnam's premier has said his country is willing to host a much-anticipated second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"I am going to an global conference in Sweden", South Korea's Yonhap news agency quoted her as saying on arrival at the airport.

USA responses could include exemptions from sanctions for inter-Korean business and opening a liaison office, Seoul officials said.

Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol have met several times before, including in NY last May just before Trump and Kim Jong Un met in Singapore. He visited NY and met with Pompeo before traveling to Washington, where he delivered an oversized envelope containing a letter from Kim Jong Un to Trump in the Oval Office.

The official said a Trump and Kim meeting could happen by early March, though added: "No one knows what Trump is thinking".

Pompeo made several trips to Pyongyang previous year, but the two sides have not rescheduled an abruptly cancelled November meeting between him and Kim Yong Chol that aimed at paving the way for a second summit.

Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that the Trump-Kim Jong Un dialogue was "promising" but that "we still await concrete steps by North Korea to dismantle the nuclear weapons that threaten our people and our allies in the region".

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The US' envoy to North Korea talks, Mr Stephen Biegun, said in December that the administration was considering looser restrictions on getting humanitarian aid and workers into the country.

"The tensions on the Korean Peninsula surged after North Korea conducted its 6th nuclear test in 2017, but a new security environment is shaping with the (South Korean) government's effort for denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and settlement for peace", the white paper said.

But Kim Jong Un also warned the communist state may be forced to seek "a new way" if Washington continues to press with economic sanctions aimed at punishing the regime for its nuclear weapons development.

During that visit, Kim Yong Chol was able to break the impasse between Washington and Pyongyang and help get the first US-North Korea summit back on track. Japan refused and asked for the complete frequency information for the navy destroyer's fire-control radar, the ministry said. -North Korea talks as saying that Kim Yong Chol would be carrying a new letter from Kim Jong Un to Trump.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, North Korea's Kim Yong-chol, vice-chairman of the ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, left for the U.S. capital after transferring in Beijing.

Experts said the meeting suggested a diplomatic shift by Seoul to include China from the beginning of the peace process, after it appeared a year ago Beijing would be sidelined entirely from the negotiations.

It's unclear if he will visit the White House, but the sources say that is the expectation from the North Koreans and the United States side is preparing for the possibility.

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