Giving a rare speech in front of a massive crowd, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un emphasized his country’s readiness to fight the United States. Disconcerting to South Korea was the presence of a high-ranking member of the Chinese politburo.
A planned meeting between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump could lead to North Korean denuclearization, or it could add fuel to the Korean conflict. There is plenty at stake for China, too, says DW's Frank Sieren.
Seoul has not received an official response from North Korea after Donald Trump agreed to talks between the nations' leaders. A South Korean official says Pyongyang likely "needs time to organize its stance."
Washington said the joint drills were not designed to provoke Pyongyang. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had reportedly told a South Korean envoy in early March he understood the need for US-South Korean war games.
US President Donald Trump has said he will meet the North Korean leader by the end of May. South Korea said the meeting would put denuclearization "on track," while China warned things would "not be smooth sailing."
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