Eric Talmadge, Associated Press bureau chief in Pyongyang, is the only Western reporter with a regular posting in North Korea. Tuesday's summit meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has captured the attention and imagination of the entire world -- except, that is, in North Korea itself. As The Associated Press noted, North Korean state media initially reported the two leaders planned to meet, but offered few specifics about where and when. There also was no immediate word that Kim had left North Korea Sunday and arrived in Singapore hours ahead of the American president. It was only Monday morning North Korea time that the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that Kim was in Singapore, had met with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and would meet Trump on Tuesday.
Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Tokyo, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. Ban has urged North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to take concrete steps toward complete denuclearization and gain the trust of the international community if he wants sanctions lifted. TOKYO – Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday to take concrete steps toward complete denuclearization and gain the trust of the international community if he wants sanctions lifted. Ban, a former South Korean foreign minister, said "this is the time" to achieve North Korea's denuclearization after nearly a quarter century of unsuccessful efforts, and that the North and the world should not lose this opportunity. "I'd like to really advise the North Korean leader that the world is ready" to help his country, Ban told The Associated Press, specifically citing South Korea, the U.S., China, Japan and Russia.
U.S. military moves 100 coffins to North Korean border ahead of expected return of U.S. soldier remains; international security expert Jim Walsh reacts. The United States is preparing "specific asks" in a timeline that will be presented to North Korean officials as a result of the recent historic summit, Reuters reported. The news agency, citing an unnamed U.S. defense official, reported that the U.S. hopes the presentation will show Pyongyang's level of interest in denuclearizing. "There will be specific asks and there will be a specific timeline when we present the North Koreans with our concept of what implementation of the summit agreement looks like," the official reportedly said. The Associated Press reported that the Koreas, in the meantime, are discussing the possible relocation of North Korea's long-range artillery systems away from the tense Korean border.
In this Monday, March 5, 2018 photo, provided by the North Korean government on March 6, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, front right, meets South Korean National Security Director Chung Eui-yong, front left, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency.