North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says his nation will be "developing a new strategic weapon" in the near future, after the United States misses a year-end deadline for a restart of denuclearization talks.
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."
After U.S. President Donald Trump sends birthday wishes to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, North Korea state media says that "although Chairman Kim Jong-un has good personal feelings about President Trump, they are, in the true sense of the word, 'personal'", and that it is not enough to resume denuclearization talks. It further stated that the country would not be led on the basis of Kim's feelings.
In a letter sent by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to U.S. President Donald Trump, Kim apologizes for the testing of short-range missiles. Trump says he expects to meet Kim soon and see a denuclearized North Korea as "one of the most successful countries in the world".
U.S. President Donald Trump says he received a "beautiful", "very warm and very nice" letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. He added that Kim is "keeping his word" and not testing any kind of missiles. Earlier at a speaking event in Washington, National Security Adviser John Bolton said North Korea is not complying with the terms agreed upon during Trump's first summit with Kim in Singapore last year.
North Korea has released the three remaining American detainees ahead of the upcoming summit meeting with Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. The news came after National Security Adviser John R. Bolton stated that they should be released as a way for North Korea to demonstrate its sincerity in talks.
North Korea says the United States has "crossed the red line in our showdown" after placing sanctions on its leader Kim Jong-un over human rights abuses, and considers the sanctions to be a "declaration of war" by the United States.