Kim Jong Un said to replace three aging, top military leaders

Kim Jong Un said to replace three aging, top military leaders

The offer comes after a media report that the cash-strapped North may have trouble bearing the cost of its leader's stay in Singapore and the large delegation of security and support staff for the meeting scheduled for June 12. Sanctions make it very hard for senior North Korean officials to travel overseas, and Madden said Kim will also not wish to impose too much of a burden on the Singapore government, which will have to deal with onerous security arrangements caused by both leaders' presence in the city.

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.

The United States is seeking a negotiated end to North Korea's nuclear weapons program, and USA officials believe there was some dissension in the military about Kim's approaches to South Korea and the United States.

Ri Yong Gil, a deputy, and No Kwang Chol, first vice minister of the ministry of the people's armed forces, replaced the officials, respectively, according to the report.

All of the newly promoted officials are younger than their predecessors, according to Yonhap, especially Ri Yong Gil, 63, who is 21 years younger than Ri Myong Su.

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Trump plans a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12, the latest twist in the high-stakes diplomacy over USA attempts to eliminate Pyongyang's nuclear arms program. And Kim Jong Un likely won't give up the bomb without an end to the U.S.

The debate over USFK's future role arose after Trump indicated Friday that he had talked about the issue of the USFK during his meeting with Kim Yong-chol, the highest-ranking North Korea official to visit the United States in 18 years.

"The world welcomes the remarkable events in the Korean peninsula brought about recently by the outstanding political calibre and wise leadership of.Kim Jong-un", KCNA cited Assad as saying during a meeting with North Korean Ambassador Mun Jong-nam on Wednesday. Senate must save itself by confirming Mike Pompeo Poll: Menendez has 17-point lead over GOP challenger MORE (D-N.J.) said that while the weapons program is a priority, an ideal agreement would also cover North Korea's human rights abuses.

With days to go before the meeting, it remains unclear whether Pyongyang is willing to take that step, or whether it is using the promise of talks as a way of easing Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign.

"(Kim) is not going to want these military commissars helping themselves to any of this assistance coming to the North", Madden said.

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