Korea approves rare screening of N. Korea films

Korea approves rare screening of N. Korea films

The US secretary of state visited Pyongyang on Friday and Saturday in an attempt to agree details of a deal made during June's historic summit between Donald Trump and the North Korean dictator.

North Korean officials didn't show up for a planned meeting with USA counterparts to discuss returning the remains of American war dead, South Korean media reported, in the latest sign of tensions between the two sides.

If the agency does return to North Korea, he said cooperation will be key.

An estimated 30,000 United States soldiers died in the 1950-53 Korean war.

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Other speculation is that North Korea was discomforted with the way it was portrayed by the USA media _ as trying to make money from the war remains. 5,300 of that number are believed to have been killed north of the 38th parallel, which marks the border between the two Koreas.

Joint U.S. -North Korean military search teams recovered 229 sets of American remains from North Korea between 1996 and 2005.

Critics at the time also argued the North was using the program to extort money from Washington, prompting the label "bones for bucks".

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"This is a decades-long challenge, getting the North Koreans to make a fundamental strategic decision, which is that the nuclear weapons they possess today frankly present a threat to them and not security", said Pompeo, CNN reported.

Hundreds of remains have been repatriated since 1990, but the process has been fraught with mistrust.

The letter comes days after the North Korean Foreign Ministry released a statement accusing the US of "ganster-like" demands and trying to unilaterally pressure the country into abandoning its nuclear weapons.

"A very nice note from Chairman Kim of North Korea", Trump wrote in his tweet.

It had been expected at the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom.

North Korea has imposed a testing moratorium, with the last missile test occurring on November 28, and it destroyed its main nuclear testing facility, although experts say those moves could be reversed.

Guarded by North Korean soldiers, Byrd said they were careful to avoid arguments that could halt their work.

Although KCNA did not say when the trip was made, Kim Yong Chol told a visiting Seoul official last week that the leader was away for a trip to a "local region".

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