US President Donald Trump said on Monday that he planned to meet the North Korean leader next month or in early June, and hoped the discussions would ultimately lead to an end of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. In Pyongyang's first mention of official dialogue with the United States and the summit with Seoul, the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) added that Kim set "strategic and tactical issues" to be upheld by the Workers' Party.
Yonhap reported Kono might also deliver a deeply significant diplomatic gesture with a visit to the Seoul National Cemetery, reserved for deceased veterans of the Korean War, the Vietnam War and fighters for Korean independence.
The foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea have agreed to work together closely and maintain maximum pressure on North Korea until it takes concrete steps toward denuclearization.
Since its foundation in 2006, the thinktank, which runs the 38 North website specialising in North Korean affairs (which will continue to operate), has received 2 billion won (£1.3 million) from the South Korean government annually through the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP), the Korea Times reported.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono made a rare visit to Seoul armed with a list of issues Tokyo wants to push onto the agenda of the April 27 summit between North and South Korea.
"I pay my respect to the South Korean government's efforts toward the South-North summit and the U.S".
President Moon Jae-in has instructed his officials to prepare well for the inter-Korean summit so it can be a good guide for the U.S.
A summit between South Korea, Japan and China is also being scheduled for next month in Tokyo.
However, Dr Gallucci called the move an "intervention on academic freedom" and has said he will send a letter to South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in, in protest.
Japan has said North Korea abducted at least 17 Japanese citizens to train agents in the Japanese language and culture to spy on South Korea.
During his two-day trip to Seoul, which kicked off Tuesday, Kono paid a visit to Seoul National Cemetery and met with Suh Hoon, director of Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS).
Still, the South Korean leader stressed the need to improve and even upgrade the countries' bilateral relationship.
Kang made it clear that Seoul can not accept any claim from Japan to the Dokdo Islets, according to the Foreign Ministry.