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Lucy Bush
March 9, 2018

The United States formally concluded Tuesday that North Korea ordered the murder of a half-brother and potential rival to ruler Kim Jong-Un with the banned VX nerve agent. They were the first South Korean officials to meet the young North Korean leader since he took power after his dictator father's death in late 2011. Soon after that, America and South Korea will announce the dates for their annual military exercises.

North Korea's state media said Kim expressed his desire to "write a new history of national reunification" during a dinner Monday night that Seoul said lasted about four hours.

Kim noted to the South Koreans that were it not for fear of an attack, he wouldn't have any use for the nuclear program in the first place, according to Abraham M. Denmark, director of the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, called it a "big change" and implied the improvements should be taken into account in considering the prospect of war on the Korean peninsula.

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Denuclearization is Trump Administration short hand for America's strategic goal on the Korean peninsula - no nuclear weapons in either the North or the South.

North and South next month will have the first meeting between their leaders since 2007 at the border village of Panmunjom, Chung Eui-yong, head of the South Korean delegation, said on Tuesday.

But it would be churlish not to also recognize the contribution of the "bad cop": U.S. President Donald Trump, who has turned up the heat on North Korea with ever tighter rounds of sanctions, and badgered historic ally China to isolate the 25 million-strong Stalinist state.

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For the said visit, Middleton met a number of parents and learned how Family Links help and support their families. Her trip today saw Kate speaking to pupils from Albion Primary School and chatting to staff at the centre.

The United States has decided Pyongyang used the chemical warfare agent VX to assassinate the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Malaysia in 2017 and has imposed additional sanctions on the country, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.

Later he said that progress with North Korea "would be a great thing for the world". Several African nations with military links to North Korea have also been pressured to cut off ties, which experts say could trim 3-5% off Pyongyang's foreign currency reserves.

Kim can be seen in a North Korean TV video smiling and laughing, proposing a toast at the dinner reception, and waving as two limousines carrying the South Korean delegates left the main building of the ruling Workers' Party. We must be leery and walk away from the bargaining table if Kim demands payments, sanctions relief, food or fuel supplies for simply talking. Just look at where the North's nuclear and missile capability is after the numerous meetings and negotiations, including the two inter-Korean summits.

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Last year, Vietnam deployed six submarines purchased from Russian Federation to Cam Ranh Bay, but it can not oppose Beijing alone. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis laid the groundwork for the Carl Vinson's visit in a trip to Vietnam shortly afterward.

My advice to the Trump administration: take your victory lap while you can, because the North Korean crisis is far from over.

"The North also said it can have frank talks with the United States on denuclearisation and the normalisation of ties between North Korea and the United States", Chung said. North Korea traditionally abhors the drills, deeming them a dress rehearsal for invasion, and stages missile and nuclear tests to coincide.

In 2003 the Beijing-led Six Party Talks began, bringing together the US, both Koreas, Russia, Japan and China in a tortuous process.

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Like in Egypt, whose pilots were trained by North Korea during the 1973 war with Israel, and whose obstinate backing of the Kim regime reportedly contributed to the recent suspension of $290 million of American aid.

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