Anti-nuclear group offers to foot summit bill for North Korea's Kim

From left South Korea's National Defense Minister Song Young-moo U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera join hands before their trilateral meeting at the 17th International Institute for Strategic Studi

From left South Korea's National Defense Minister Song Young-moo U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera join hands before their trilateral meeting at the 17th International Institute for Strategic Studi

Trump plans to hold a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore, the latest twist in the high-stakes diplomacy over USA attempts to eliminate Pyongyang's nuclear arms program.

Kim Jong Un has reportedly fired North Korea's top three military generals in what appears to be an attempt to quash dissent ahead of a summit with Donald Trump.

A report by South Korea's Yonhap news agency cites an unnamed intelligence source as confirming the information.

The Democrats' demands include North Korea dismantling and removing every nuclear, chemical and biological weapon, ending production and enrichment of uranium for weapons purposes and permanently dismantling its nuclear weapons infrastructure.

The Syrian President reportedly made the remarks as he received his credentials for the visit from North Korean Ambassador Mun Jong-nam on May 30.

All of the newly promoted officials are younger than their predecessors, including 63-year-old Ri Yong Gil, who is 21 years younger than Ri Myong Su.

Trump on Friday revived the summit after cancelling it a week earlier.

The leaders of North and South Korea agreed in April to pursue a treaty this year to end the Korean War-a binding agreement that would go a notch beyond a more-symbolic peace declaration, which they also agreed in April to pursue.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News.

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Pyongyang's military, known as the Korean People's Army, is immensely influential in the North and a centre of power in its own right, symbolised by the way Kim is habitually flanked by generals on one side and civilians on the other when attending major ceremonial events.

But there is evidence, both anecdotal and data driven, that North Korea's economy has stabilized over the past few years, and while United Nations sanctions are limiting its growth, the country is far from being on the brink of starvation or total collapse - as it once was.

She added that Trump is getting daily briefings on North Korea in the runup to the landmark meeting.

Also, General Kim Su-gil replaced Kim Jong-gak as director of the powerful General Political Bureau of the KPA, according to North Korean state media last month.

Kim Yong-chol left New York City late Saturday afternoon, local time, and arrived in Beijing on Sunday on his way back to Pyongyang.

"They are shaping these guys up because there is going to be a lot of foreign interaction", Madden said.

North Korea made no immediate reference to any military changes, and it remains hard to assess whether the shake-up could signal a significant change in North Korean policies.

Washington insiders believe there was anger and growing frustration among Kim's top officials over his handling of talks with the US.

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