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North Korean state media ends silence over thaw with U.S.

Kim Jong-un.
Kim Jong-un. Photo: Ed Jones / AFP / Getty Images

North Korea’s state media agency KCNA has broken its silence over the regime’s latest diplomatic moves, noting a “dramatic atmosphere for reconciliation” with South Korea and a “sign of change” with the U.S., AFP reports. The release doesn’t mention President Trump by name.

Why it matters: The North Korean populace likely has little awareness of potential talks between Kim Jong-un and Trump, but this release indicates that Kim's government is setting the stage.

What the release said:

  • "The dialogue peace offensive of the DPRK is an expression of self-confidence as it has acquired everything it desires."
  • It denied that sanctions would pressure North Korea to engage diplomatically: "Such rubbish as 'result of sanctions and pressure'... spread by hostile forces is just as meaningless as a dog barking at the moon."
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Behind Trump's tweet on Pastor Brunson, who's on trial in Turkey

President Trump and President Erdogan stand side-by-side outside the White House
President Trump and President of Turkey Erdogan ahead of their meeting at the White House. Photo: Kayhan Ozer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

In President Trump's meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House last May, Trump opened the meeting by saying that Vice President Mike Pence would like to say something, according to an administration official briefed on the meeting.

Pence took the opportunity to advocate for the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson, a Christian leader in the U.S. who is being persecuted in Turkey.

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Trump says he will leave meeting with North Korea if not productive

President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a news conference at Mar-a-Lago. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

President Trump said at a joint press conference with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday that if the meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is not "fruitful," he will "respectfully leave the meeting."