North Korea to build 2,000 homes near airport, state media say

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Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, was meeting with Kim Jong-un in Pyonyang today as Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, sat down for talks in NY with Mr Kim's right hand man in an attempt to revive a cancelled summit between the US and North Korean leaders in Singapore next month.

"We did think the detonation would only affect a small part, but many are now saying the explosion's impact was greater than surmised", the source said, adding ordinary North Koreans thought it was "fascinating" foreign reporters flew into the country to witness the dismantlement.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice-Chairman of the ruling DPRK council Kim Yong Chol launched day two of talks in NY following a 90-minute private dinner on Wednesday night that officials have been tight-lipped about.

Meanwhile, US State Secretary Mike Pompeo held what he characterized as "substantive talks" with a group of Pyongyang's high-ranking officials led by Kim Yong Chol, during which they discussed priorities for potential summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un slated for June 12. "The people of #NorthKorea can have a brighter future and the world can be more peaceful".

The demolition was published in state media last week, but the actions taken were initially met with skepticism, Daily NK reported Saturday.

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It encouraged North Koreans "to firmly stand on the path that our previous leaders' built for national defense" and pledged that the country will "hold our artillery to face our enemies who hold guns and swords, '" said the source.

Activist Kim Young-hwan speaks at a symposium on North Korean human rights in Seoul on May 31, 2018. It's the highest-level official North Korean visit to the United States in 18 years.

Mr Tanaka has used this trust-building strategy to achieve a major diplomatic victory in 2002, when North Korea agreed to return five Japanese citizens out of 13 it had previously abducted.

United Nations sanctions on the North limit energy trade and ban offshore transfers of goods to North Korean ships as part of global efforts to pressure Pyongyang into giving up its nuclear weapons. I believe they will be coming down to Washington on Friday. Translated by Leejin Jun.

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