Pompeo to hold talks with North Korea this week - South Korean paper

Tokyo accuses a South Korean warship of locking fire-control radar on its maritime patrol aircraft and has released a video clip to back up its claim

Kang also said the South would not independently resume inter-Korean projects at a North Korean mountain resort or a joint industrial park, although those also could be among the "corresponding measures" discussed.

Pompeo had planned to meet his North Korean counterpart to discuss the second summit of November 2018, however, the meeting was postponed. It was flown to Pyongyang and delivered by hand, the source said on Monday night.

The question for Mr Trump as he prepares to host top Kim aide, Mr Kim Yong Chol, on Friday (Jan 18), is what he's willing to give up - and can he get enough to justify the cost?

South Korea's foreign ministry spokesman told reporters the North and the United States were "in contact" but it was "inappropriate" to comment on plans for talks.

Kim Yong Chol previously visited the White House and met with Trump June 1, before Trump's June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

Mr. Trump had long expressed a desire for a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The South Korean Defense Ministry also demanded an apology from Japan, saying the patrol aircraft had flown too close to Korea's destroyer and accusing Japan of breaching global customs.

Separately, the Chosun Ilbo daily reported the same day that there was a "strong chance" that Kim, a former spy chief and current head of the North's United Front Department - which oversees relations with South Korea - could meet Trump.

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Envoys from the United States and North Korea took part in an unannounced high-level meeting in Stockholm on Friday, an official said.

Under tension-easing agreements reached after Moon's summit with Kim Jong Un in September, the two Koreas demolished some of their front-line guard posts, established buffer zones along their frontier and demilitarized a shared border village.

In the latest defense document, South Korea's military said it considers unspecified "forces which threaten (South Korea)'s sovereignty, territory, citizens and property our enemy".

A second face-to-face meeting between the DPRK leader and the US president would help accelerate joint projects between the North and the South, the minister assured.

Since that time Trump has insisted that talks with North Korea are yielding progress, pointing to the lack of missile and nuclear tests as evidence that Pyongyang is moving towards denuclearization.

But amid the dialogue momentum, the U.S.is remaining tightlipped on Kim Yong-chol's trip to the U.S. -North Korea deal, especially one that would leave Pyongyang still in possession of its arsenal of shorter-range missiles capable of hitting Japan while also sidestepping the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by the North in the 1970s and 1980s, Tokyo will likely attempt to enter the fray. "However, if it happens here we will do our best to facilitate the meeting", he said in an interview with Bloomberg TV. -North Korea summit that Pyongyang can accept.

Kim Yong Chol and Pompeo, with tight smiles, posed together for photographs at a Washington hotel before holding about 45 minutes of talks that could help determine whether the two sides can make headway.

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