Koreas holds preparatory talks to set up Kim-Moon summit

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Kim's nukes have become rapidly more risky over the past few years, firing scores of missiles and last year and detonating an H-bomb.

"The importance of strengthening a response to North Korea's nuclear and missile development, as well as the abduction issue, is increasing", the top Japanese diplomat said.

Kim and the South's president Moon Jae-in are due to meet on April 27 at the South's side of the demilitarized zone for the landmark inter-Korean summit.

The Commons defence select committee report into the country said it was a "reasonable assumption" the North could reach the United Kingdom already and that it is "almost certain" to be able to carry nuclear warheads to these shores by 2019. Instead, the USA and South Korea are said to be the main focus of North Korea's military threats.

Since 2008, photographer Eric Lafforgue ventured to North Korea six times.

The WannaCry ransomware attack infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide and crippled parts of Britain's National Health Service in May.

Kim's predecessors, grandfather Kim Il-sung and father Kim Jong-il, both promised not to pursue nuclear weapons but secretly maintained programs to develop them, culminating in the North's first nuclear test in 2006 under Kim Jong-il.

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"He is ruthless, like other Communist dictators before him, but he is rational". The date and location of the proposed US-North Korea summit are yet to be decided.

South Korean officials have said the summit will be focused on disarming North Korea of nuclear weapons, although the North hasn't officially confirmed this through its state-run media.

It said: "It is likely that North Korea has already successfully attacked the United Kingdom with the Wannacry ransonware, although we agree with the Government that the United Kingdom was probably not meant to be the principal target".

The WannaCry attack hit targets across the world, including the NHS, in what is thought to be one of the most damaging cyber-attacks yet in the UK.

"I had received calls like this even before Kim Jong Un's China visit, but I've been getting even more of them recently", he said".

Moon's top security advisor, Chung Eui-yong, travelled to Pyongyang last month to meet Kim and to Washington D.C. and reached on agreements on the inter-Korean summit, as well as on a proposed US-North Korea summit.

Trump and Kim are expected to have a sitdown for a major peace summit during May.

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