A South Korean delegation that visited the North last week said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expressed a wish to meet the American and South Korean presidents to discuss denuclearization. President Trump has agreed to hold direct talks with Kim this May. North Korean media reported the South Korean visit, but added no details of the talks. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the US hoped North Korea would stick to their promises and if so the meeting will go on as planned.
The fiercest storm of the winter slammed the northeastern United States on Thursday, bringing snowfalls expected to be a foot (30 cms) deep, forcing cancellation of thousands of flights and closing schools. The storm, which came a day after temperatures had been a spring-like 50 to 60 degrees (10 to 16 C), had wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour (80 kph) and left roads and sidewalks dangerously slick in densely populated cities such as New York, Boston and Philadelphia. Some areas saw periods of “thunder snow,” a violent burst of weather featuring both snow and lightning, which could…... [read more]
South Korea has held talks with China, Russia, and Japan to discuss a common response to North Korea's planned rocket launch. Seoul's top nuclear envoy Lim Sung Nam left Tuesday to discuss with the US how to maximize diplomatic efforts and coordination to block North Korea's launch. South Korea says if North Korea persists with its missile plan, the United Nations will convene the Security Council to discuss a suitable response.... [read more]
South Korea’s Unification Ministry said North Korea didn’t explain why it was “suspending” the two-day visit by the seven-member advance team that it proposed just hours earlier through a cross-border communication channel.It wasn’t immediately clear whether the visit, which was to begin on Saturday, was permanently cancelled or postponed. The ministry said it will try to gather further information from the North regarding the decision.... [read more]
A top Chinese official has backed ailing North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's plans to hand power to his son, the North's state media said on Tuesday, hailing the "successful solution" to allow continued socialist rule. Meng Jianzhu, China's public security minister, congratulated Kim's youngest son Jong-un on his appointment as vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission last year, "hailing the successful solution of the issue of succession to the Korean revolution," KCNA news agency reported. Experts said the term "succession" did not refer directly to family rule, but was a commonly used expression referring to a continuation of the North's…... [read more]
The White House Office of Management and Budget late Monday night ordered the federal agencies to begin their plans for a government shutdown, due to a lack of bipartisan funding bill. "We do not have a clear indication that Congress will act in time for the President to sign a continuing resolution before the end of the day tomorrow, October 1, 2013. Therefore, agencies should now execute plans for an orderly shutdown due to the absence of appropriations," said Sylvia Burwell, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, in a statement. "We urge Congress to act quickly…... [read more]