Korea facing historic turning point, says state media before summit

Korea facing historic turning point, says state media before summit

Almost 70 individuals in North Korea have been exiled, jailed, or executed as part of a so-called anti-corruption campaign, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Kim will meet with Vietnamese officials when he arrives in Hanoi, said the sources, who requested anonymity citing the sensitivity and secrecy surrounding the movements of the North Korean leader.

"They travelled there from Hanoi by vehicle", the source said, requesting anonymity.

Kim Hyok Chol and his United States counterpart Stephen Biegun were engaged in three days of talks in Pyongyang earlier this month, exploring each side's positions on denuclearisation ahead of the much-anticipated meeting.

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However, he then added: "But I don't want to get ahead on. any further details on what's being negotiated regarding that question".

Specifically, discussions on declaring an end to the 1950-53 Korean War could have been on the table, with Biegun last month saying Trump was "ready to end this war".

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"I look forward to being with Chairman Kim and I think a lot of things will come out of it", Trump said.

Attention has been focused on whether the USA team will offer to lift some economic sanctions on North Korea, in return for Pyongyang taking concrete steps toward denuclearisation.

The Trump administration has been wary of Moon's eagerness to resume such engagement, fearing a weakening of pressure on Pyongyang will give it no incentive to give up its weapons.

Abe has expressed readiness to hold talks with Kim.

If confirmed, it would be the first state visit of a North Korean leader since his grandfather, Kim Il-sung, travelled to the country in 1964.

The meeting between the two leaders is scheduled to take place in Hanoi, Vietnam on February 27-28.

Wong was a member of the USA delegation, led by Biegun, to Pyongyang early this month.

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