Kim coup-proofs his team before planned Trump-summit

Kim coup-proofs his team before planned Trump-summit

Kim coup-proofs his team before planned Trump-summit

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is scheduled to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Reuters quoted Pyongyang's news agency KCNA as saying on Sunday. But she said there has been no change in what Trump has described as a "maximum pressure" campaign on the North Korean regime.

Hagan has reportedly worked for every Republican administration since Reagan, specializing in organizing summits, foreign trips, and other presidential logistics. Ri was caught on television apparently falling asleep during a meeting of the Central Committee on May 20 and may well have been punished for it.

"Kim Jong-un has chosen a new leadership who reflects his new approach and can more naturally propagate his new policies to bring stability within the military", said Kim Yong-hyun, who seemed optimistic that these are more than merely symbolic or deceptive changes.

Although unlikely, there could have been a more pressing need for Kim to act: In February, South Korea's National Intelligence Service told the National Assembly in Seoul that discontent was brewing in the powerful, 1.1 million-strong KPA.

Yonhap identified them as defence chief Pak Yong Sik; Ri Myong Su, chief of the Korean People's Army's (KPA) general staff; and Kim Jong Gak, director of the KPA's General Political Bureau.

Two anonymous U.S. officials told the Washington Post the Trump administration is "seeking a discreet way" to pay Mr Kim's hotel bill ahead of the meeting.

Other analysts say the measure was to replace the old guard with "economically minded" individuals who could carry out Kim's goal of developing North Korea's impoverished economy.

Preparations are still underway for Kim and Trump's summit in Singapore, the first time a sitting US President will meet the leader of North Korea.

The Democrats' demands include North Korea dismantling and removing every nuclear, chemical and biological weapon, ending the production and enrichment of uranium and plutonium for weapons purposes and permanently dismantling its nuclear weapons infrastructure.

All of the newly promoted officials are younger than their predecessors, even though they are all in their 60s. DPRK is short for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the formal name of North Korea.

Washington insiders believe there was anger and growing frustration among Kim's top officials over his handling of talks with the US.

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