The South Korean National Intelligence Service reports that North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un has delegated some major responsibilities to his sister, Kim Yo-jong, that involves overseeing North Korea's relations with South Korea and the United States. South Korean lawmakers describe her new role as a ""de facto" second-in-command" of North Korea who "steers overall state affairs."
North Korea and South Korea hold a ceremony for a project to reconnect rail and road links, although construction cannot start while sanctions over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs remain in place.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, responding to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's offer during his New Year’s Day address, proposes a meeting to discuss the Winter Olympics and North Korea's nuclear program next Tuesday at the border city of Panmunjom.
North Korea vows to accelerate its nuclear weapons programme to “maximum pace” and test a nuclear device “at any time” in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's aggressive stance towards the regime. [https:--www.theguardian.com-world-2017-may-02-north-korea-launches-salvo-of-rhetoric-threatening-nuclear-test-at-any-time ("The Guardian")]North Korea–United States relations
The United States Pacific Command deploys warships, including the USS "Carl Vinson", to move towards the Korean Peninsula following North Korea's recent tests with weapons of mass destruction and opposition to the Sharyat missile strike. North Korea is also reclassified as a state sponsor of terrorism.