The North Korean economy has grown at its fastest pace in 17 years, despite global sanctions over its weapons program. Analysts say the growth in state-endorsed private markets accounts for the rise.
France's economy minister has warned Italy to respect its financial commitments to the EU under "whichever government." Bruno Le Maire said eurozone stability would otherwise be threatened.
Economic expansion in Europe's powerhouse is continuing in 2018, but GDP growth has slowed considerably, leaving observers disappointed. Nevertheless, the government sees no cause for alarm right now.
North Korea has said it will dismantle its nuclear test site within two weeks. The announcement came less than 24 hours after the US promised Pyongyang a future "brimming with prosperity," if it denuclearizes.
The US is willing to boost North Korea's economy and put it on a par with the rich South Korea in return for denuclearization, US top diplomat Mike Pompeo has said. The denuclearization would need to be "complete."
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