Trump says 'most likely' to meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un again
- President Donald Trump said on Monday he would "most likely" meet again with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, while defending his efforts to convince Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.
- In an interview with Reuters, Trump, who held a landmark summit with Kim on June 12, said he believed North Korea had taken specific steps toward denuclearization, despite widespread doubts about Kim's willingness to abandon his arsenal.
- At their summit in Singapore, Kim agreed in broad terms to work toward denuclearization of the Korean peninsula but North Korea has given no indication it is willing to give up its weapons unilaterally as the Trump administration has demanded.
- Asked whether North Korea had taken specific steps to denuclearize other than blowing up its main nuclear bomb test site ahead of the summit, Trump: "I do believe they have." But he did not elaborate.
Korean families separated by war to reunite briefly after 65 years
- Some 180 families torn apart by the 1950-53 Korean War will be temporarily reunited in North Korea starting Monday after the two Koreas renewed exchanges this year following a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.
- The separated families are victims of a decades-long standoff between the neighbors, which has escalated over the past several years as Pyongyang rapidly advanced its nuclear weapons and missile programs.
- For years, Seoul has been calling for regular meetings between separated families including using video conferences, but the reunion programs often fell victim to fragile relations with Pyongyang.
- Ninety-three families from both sides of the border were initially scheduled for a three-day gathering from Monday, but four South Korean members canceled their trip to the North at the last minute due to health conditions, the Red Cross said.
4 strategies that other countries can use to deal with Donald Trump
- Given that the United States is far and away the world's most powerful country, one might expect other states to be balancing energetically to keep Washington in check.
- The first is geography: because the United States is far from other major power centers, lots of potential balancers worry more about their immediate neighbors and are therefore eager to gain US protection instead.
- British prime ministers from Winston Churchill forward sought to cement the "special relationship" with the United States by establishing intimate ties with whomever happened to be in the White House, and foreigners such as Helmut Kohl of Germany, Prince Bandar bin Sultan of Saudi Arabia, and Yitzhak Rabin of Israel clearly benefited from the personal connections they had forged with their American counterparts.
Kim Jong Nam trial: Judge rules women's lawyers must mount defense
- Shah Alam, Malaysia (CNN) - Two women charged with murdering Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, will remain in custody as their lawyers mount a defense against the prosecution's claims.
- Judge Azmi Ariffin ruled Thursday at the Shah Alam High Court outside the capital of Kuala Lumpur that the prosecution had presented enough evidence for the case against Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong to move forward.
- Kim Jong Nam died in February last year after Aisyah and Doan allegedly wiped his face with the highly lethal nerve agent VX at an airport in Kuala Lumpur.
- Lawyers for both women maintain were duped by a group of North Koreans, four of whom have been charged in relation to Kim's murder but have since left the country.