Tensions on the Korean peninsula are at their highest in decades. It's not only a standoff between Washington, Seoul and Pyongyang. The conflict is polarizing South Korea, where some see the US defense missile system THAAD as part of the problem.
A week before his summit with Kim Jong Un, South Korea's Moon Jae-in says North Korea wants "an end to the hostile relations." Moon's comments come as the US vows to "maintain pressure" on North Korea to denuclearize.
The message is said to have been delivered through communication channels between officials of the two governments. It is the first time Pyongyang has directly addressed Washington on the future of its nuclear arsenal.
As a series of key international summits draw closer, Pyongyang is seeking support from a traditional ally, while Russia is keen to play a significant role on the international stage. Julian Ryall reports.
North Korea has remained unusually silent as US and South Korea military drills kick off. Does the Kim regime's softer tone indicate it is ready to enter negotiations over its weapons program? Julian Ryall reports.
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