North Korea says it has a new 'tactical' weapon

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In just over 400 words, it says that the USA will normalize relations with North Korea in exchange for "denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

South Korea agreed to hold further deliberations over the air connectivity issue by holding meetings with the aviation authorities, Yonhap News Agency quoted the ministry as saying.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observed the successful test of an unspecified "newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon", state media reported Friday, in an apparent bid to apply pressure on the United States and South Korea.

The two met for about 40 minutes on the sidelines of the APEC meetings in Papua New Guinea on Saturday.

Washington and Pyongyang have been seeking to arrange a second summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim to make headway on Pyongyang's denuclearization.

Most North Korean defectors flee due to starvation or fear that they're being hunted by the oppressive regime.

"Relevant authorities have chose to expel him from the country".

On November 13 a year ago, Oh fled the totalitarian regime by crossing the demilitarised zone (DMZ) that separates North and South Korea.

Experts say North Korea has been growing increasingly frustrated with the United States over Washington's insistence that sanctions would be lifted only at the end of a long process of denuclearisation.

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He adds that this "particular system is just another indication of the importance of military to military strength in North Korea".

The man, identified as Lawrence Bruce Byron, had been in custody after crossing into North Korea from China on October 16, the official Korean Central News Agency said.

Earlier this month, North Korea's Foreign Ministry warned it could bring back its policy of bolstering its nuclear arsenal if it doesn't receive sanctions relief.

"We're at a point where we have, in my opinion, nearly an historic opportunity for a breakthrough in North Korea and we're sitting around twiddling our thumbs", says Sig Hecker, a physicist at Stanford University who has made several trips to some of North Korea's most sensitive nuclear facilities. On Friday they attended the 2018 International Convention for Peace and Prosperity in the Asia Pacific, which took place in Goyang, north of Seoul.

"There are a number of actions [North Korea] could undertake to demonstrate a commitment to getting rid of [weapons of mass destruction] and prohibit missile capability, such as withdrawal from proliferation activities and providing detailed, verifiable information on programs and locations", Newcomb said.

"It's North Korea-style coercive diplomacy". If true, the findings are not surprising; the North has not yet agreed to halt development of nuclear weapons or missiles, although it has staged no tests since the summit.

But Nauert, who's rumoured to be a contender for the job of United Nations ambassador, largely made yesterday's press conference about "fake news" when reporters asked what kind of example the U.S. was sending by banning CNN reporter Jim Acosta from the White House. However, it is the North that is suffering under the sanctions and Kim Jong-un seems to be increasingly impatient about them.

The Washington-based think tank has also said Pyongyang has been developing hovercraft units for its 200,000-strong special forces as part of the military modernization drive. It's not yet clear what kind of weapon has been developed, and a photo released by the North Koreans (seen above) only shows Kim with military advisors.

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