Published: Sat, April 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Koreas begin preparatory talks to set up Kim-Moon summit

Koreas begin preparatory talks to set up Kim-Moon summit

The North Korean leader was also given 11 bottles of a prized distilled liquor called Moutai, five of them dating back beyond 1980 and six distilled during the 1990s.

"The focus of the talks is likely to be about security matters and how Kim Jong-un will smoothly and safely cross the border - how the South and North's respective secret service will handle the situation needs to be discussed" said Hong Min, director of the North Korean studies division at the Korea Institute for National Unification.

Pyongyang tested successful intercontinental ballistic missiles past year; the next step is attaching them with a nuclear warhead.

They described the country's ruler, Kim Jong-un, as "ruthless but rational".

"The Ministry of Defence does not consider that the United Kingdom will be a target of North Korean nuclear missiles, as its regime does not believe the United Kingdom to be a threat", they wrote.

Speaking earlier this week at the annual Mosco International Security Conference, Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoygu also hit out at President Trump's strategy to ease tension with Kim Jong-un.

South and North Korea remain technically at war, as the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice and not a peace treaty.

"We judge that they are now certainly capable of reaching targets in the short range, by which I mean Japan, South Korea - obviously - and adjoining territories", Howe told MPs.

Kim has previously lashed out at Britain, and North Korea is believed to have been behind the Wannacry ransomware attack on the NHS.

North Korea has yet to demonstrate it can arm intercontinental ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads but it has made "significant advances" in its weapons programme in the last two years, the cross-party committee said. "Within the next six to 18 months, it is nearly certain to be able to achieve this capability".

Vice-Admiral Kostyukov suggested that the hard stance against North Korea adopted by US President Donald Trump backfired as it only urged North Korean authorities to push for additional progress to develop stronger nuclear capabilities.

The Defense Ministry believes the country is now working on that technology; attaching a nuclear weapon to an ICBM would allow North Korea to carry out a nuclear strike in most of the world.

The weapons could potentially carry nuclear warheads and Britain has only a limited missile defence system if an attack was launched, according to a report by the Commons Defence Select Committee.

"We stand by our defense minister's comments", a spokesman told Business Insider.

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