Trump Says Talks With North Korea's Kim In 'May Or Early June'

N. Korea parliament meets but Kim absent ahead of summits

N. Korea parliament meets but Kim absent ahead of summits

Senior Chinese diplomat Song Tao will lead a Chinese art troupe to North Korea, Chinese state media said on Wednesday, in a further sign of improving ties after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited Beijing last month.

On March 25-28, Kim paid an unofficial visit to China, where he held meetings with the Chinese president amid an worldwide effort to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

The sixth session of the 13th Supreme People's Assembly took place on Wednesday, ahead of the inter-Korean leader summit on April 27, which generated public expectation that Kim might share his comments on the matter during the meeting, Efe news reported.

Song last visited the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, in November to discuss the outcome of China's 19th Communist Party Congress.

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The trip will "consolidate the cornerstone of the DPRK-China cultural exchange and strengthening the traditional DPRK-China friendly relations onto a new high stage", the KCNA said, referring to the acronym of North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"Meetings are being set up right now between myself and Kim Jong Un", Trump told reporters as quoted by a White House press pool report.

Cyber Anakin also claims to have hacked the website for the U.S. branch of the Korean Friendship Association, a pro-regime group that publishes pro-Pyongyang articles and promotes holidays in North Korea.

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi held bilateral talks with his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho on April 3. However, Kim briefed top ruling party officials Monday, giving them his "profound analysis and appraisal" of prospects for future dialogue with the United States, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

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