South Koreans head North for 2007 summit anniversary


Separately, South Korea is proposing that the United States hold off on a demand for an inventory of North Korea's nuclear weapons and accept the verified closure of a key North Korean nuclear facility as a next step in the negotiations, Seoul's top diplomat said in an interview with The Washington Post.

U.S. State Department said Tuesday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) for further talks concerning the country's denuclearization.

"The visit to Pyongyang marks the 10.4 Declaration that paved a path to peace and prosperity".

Seoul's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said before his departure Thursday the visit will be an opportunity to solidify "reconciliation, cooperation and peace" between the rivals.

President Donald Trump said last week that he hopes to meet again soon with the North Korean leader. Roh died in 2009. Follow-up talks between the countries stalled, with Pyongyang accusing Washington of making "unilateral and gangster-like" demands on denuclearization.

"I'm very happy to be going back to get another chance to continue to advance the commitment that Chairman Kim and President Trump made back in Singapore in the second week of June", Pompeo told a news briefing at the State Department.

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An elite group of North Korean hackers has been identified as the source of a wave of cyberattacks on global banks that has netted "hundreds of millions" of dollars, security researchers said Wednesday.

It is part of a wider pattern of malicious state-backed cyber activity that has led the Trump administration to identify North Korea - along with Russia, Iran and China - as one of the main online threats facing the United States. Gardner urged against a second Trump-Kim summit unless there's the prospect of progress. That was Kim and Moon's third meeting this year as they work to resolve the nuclear standoff following a torrid run of North Korean nuclear and missile tests. "He made it clear that Kim Jong Un was determined to ensure the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

"The reality is they are starved for cash and are continuing to try and generate revenue, at least until sanctions are diminished, " said Adam Meyers, vice president of intelligence at CrowdStrike.

The United States argues the sanctions should remain in place until North Korea has fully and verifiably denuclearized.

Critics have pointed out that the Singapore declaration contained no firm commitments from North Korea to dismantle its nuclear and missile programs and U.S. officials have expressed frustration at North Korea's evasion of sanctions.

But other cybersecurity experts tell the Associated Press that they also see continued signs that North Korea's authoritarian government, which has a long track record of criminality to raise cash, is conducting malign activity online.