White House: DPRK 'moving in the right direction'

The mountain is said to have caved in near the Punggyre-ri complex north of the capital Pyongyang

The parents of Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia student who died past year after his detention in North Korea, have filed a wrongful death suit against the North Korean government alleging their son was tortured and killed. He also represents Vice President Mike Pence in the special counsel's investigation of the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

On Thursday the White House released two photos of now Secretary of State, then CIA Director Mike Pompeo shaking hands with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. "In fact, North Korea, which is a rogue regime, took Otto hostage for its own wrongful ends and brutally tortured and murdered him". The summit will conclude with the leaders signing an agreement and delivering a joint statement before dinner.

Talks are also proposed between Mr Kim and US President Trump by early June.

Following the tree planting, they will walk together before starting the next round of talks.

The United States stations 28,500 troops in South Korea as a legacy of the Cold War conflict, which pitted the South, the United States and United Nations forces against the communist North, backed by China and Russian Federation.

Moon, a liberal whose election a year ago ended a decade of conservative rule in Seoul, will be looking to make some headway on the North's nuclear bombs in advance of a planned summit in several weeks between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump.

The latest summit has particular significance not least because of its venue: the Demilitarised Zone, a 160-mile (260-km) long, 2.5-mile (4-km) wide strip of land created in the 1953 armistice to serve as a buffer between the South and North.

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders published the first pictures of the meeting following Mr Pompeo's confirmation.

Kim "will openheartedly discuss with (President) Moon Jae-in all the issues arising in improving inter-Korean relations and achieving peace, prosperity and reunification of the Korean Peninsula", the report said.

With heavily armed soldiers and propaganda broadcasts blasted over loudspeakers from both sides, the DMZ has always been a symbol of hostilities on the divided peninsula. On the contrary, the official said, the prospect of more such lawsuits might give the North the incentive to free the remaining detainees, three Korean Americans who were arrested in 2016 and 2017 on suspicion of "hostile acts" against the North Korean state. He also said he had been encouraged to do so by Z, a secret society at the University of Virginia that has ties to the Central Intelligence Agency.

Now comes the hard part.

While he was held, the Warmbiers' suit argues, North Korea demanded the USA remove sanctions and take various actions as a condition of his release.

In a rare move - one not seen at previous inter-Korean summits - the delegation will also feature top military officials and diplomats. United Nations sanctions imposed since North Korea's first nuclear test in 2006 and expanded over the past decade deny North Korea a considerable amount of global trade.



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