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Tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons programme have eased since the beginning of this year following Pyongyang's surprising willingness to engage in diplomacy with South Korea and the United States.

China also appears to be pushing for United Nations sanctions on North Korea to be lifted more swiftly than US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's timetable for "complete denuclearisation". As part of the agreement, both Kim and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in made a pledge to work towards peace on the Korean peninsula.

Officials from North and South then met on Friday at Mount Kumgang resort in the North and set a date for late August.

"I don't know exactly what the timing will be for our next conversation with North Korea", the secretary of state said. So far the remains of 334 servicemen have been identified from the bones and personal effects handed over by Pyongyang, and about 5,000 more are thought to be scattered around North Korean territory.

Past reunions, some televised, have often unleashed floods of tears, with face-to-face encounters ending in painful separations.

It's safe to say that these reunions are going to be highly emotional with most of the participants (if not all) being elderly people who were around at the time of the country's split.

The South has also sought to resume video conferences and the delivery of letters among families divided by the border. Experts also say that this site is believed to be where the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile, which can target the USA mainland, was developed. More than 36,500 US troops died in the conflict.

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North Korean officials have indicated in the past that they have the remains of as many as 200 USA troops, the Pentagon said.

"They've said they want complete denuclearisation and now we'll have to talk about how to achieve that and I think you will see diplomatic engagement proceed very quickly", Bolton told Fox News, but gave no details on timing.

The Trump administration on Friday issued a routine notice to Congress describing the threat as reasoning for keeping sanctions in place on North Korea.

A USA official identified it on Wednesday as the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground, saying North Korea "has used this site to test liquid-propellant engines for its long-range ballistic missiles".

On Wednesday, South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-hwa said the decision to suspend the exercise could be reconsidered based on future developments with North Korea.

Trump hailed a "tremendous success" following a landmark summit between him and North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un earlier this month in Singapore-the first-ever meeting between a sitting US president and a North Korean ruler. The families were driven apart during the turmoil of the war. Last week, Russian energy major Gazprom announced it resumed talks with Seoul over the construction of a gas pipeline connecting Russia with North and South Korea. "It is a victory for North Korea". "But the most well-known one is this, so there is a great symbolic meaning if this is shut down", said Moon Hong-sik, a research fellow at the Institute for National Security Strategy in South Korea. "The Japan U.S. alliance plays a crucial role in this", Onodera said.


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