DW's Philipp Abresch takes advantage of a rare opportunity to travel to North Korea. The birthrate is purported to be on the rise in a maternity hospital, and modern high rises fill the landscape. Are things as rosy in the North Korean countryside?
Mike Pompeo has told the UN that sanctions on North Korea should be upheld to pressure Kim Jong Un to denuclearize. Talks between the US and the North have got off to a rocky start after last month's Singapore summit.
North Korea has accused the US of demanding unilateral denuclearization and said their attitude was "extremely regrettable." US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a different takeaway, saying the talks were "productive."
Both sides have met on the Korean border and agreed to resume the search for the remains of Americans missing from the 1950-53 conflict. The US recently brought in scores of coffins to ready the soldiers' return.
After the recent Singapore summit between North Korea and the US, Russian President Putin has issued an invitation to Kim Jong Un. A senior official met with Putin hours before the World Cup opening ceremony.
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