Most of the North Koreans against the nuclear programme: US Survey

Head of North Korean delegation Ri Son Gwon center is greeted by South Korean officials after he crosses the border line to attend their meeting at Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone in Paju South Korea Tuesday Jan. 9 2018

The U.S. and South Korea are expected to hold joint military drills this spring to prepare for the possibility of a conflict with North Korea.

Our interest in such an outcome is personal as well as professional - because our earliest voluntary errands in Philippine foreign policy involved North Korea.

Some progress has been reportedly made even during the thaw in the relations between South Korea and North Korea, which was achieved thanks to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Sputnik reported.

North Korea had been accused of hacking into cryptocurrency exchanges throughout 2017.

Tensions between the two countries plunged to frightening new lows last week after US President Donald Trump announced its largest package of sanctions to pressure the despot leader to give up its nuclear and missile programs.

"The United States Government has determined that the Government of North Korea has used chemical weapons in violation of global law or lethal chemical weapons against its own nationals.", the notice reads.

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Pyongyang is willing to prepare for dialogue in which the two sides "discuss and resolve issues of mutual concern on an equal footing", a Foreign Ministry spokesperson was quoted as saying by the Korean Central News Agency.

Trump spoke with South Korea President Moon Jae-in on Thursday, and according to a readout of the call, both parties said they agree that dialogue with North Korea must be "conducted with the explicit and unwavering goal of complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization".

In sending an envoy to Pyongyang, Moon said he would be seeking to reciprocate Kim Jong Un's decision to send a senior delegation, including his sister, Kim Yo Jong, to the Olympics, marking the first visit by a member of the North's ruling bloodline since the 1950-53 Korean War.

In North Korea, it is extremely rare to speak out against leader Kim Jong-un and his family, for the fear of detention and torture. "Phase two may be a very rough thing, may be very, very unfortunate for the world".

North Korea's representative told the United Nations-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva last month that Pyongyang stands ready to fight back against any military provocation from the United States, the North's official media reported Saturday.

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