Inside North Korea's nuclear test site demolition show

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The coincidence comes as the U.S. and North Korea showed greater discrepancies in their approaches on how to achieve denuclearization of the Korean peninsula in the past few weeks. North Korea sends hundreds of people to the games in February, including Kim's sister, who conveys her brother's desire for a summit with Moon.

CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy was the only USA broadcast network correspondent to witness the explosions at the Punggye-ri nuclear testing site in North Korea.

March 9: Trump accepts Kim's invitation to meet following a conversation with Moon's envoys.

Kim said the U.S.' decision to cancel the upcoming talks demonstrates how serious the animosity between the North and the USA remains, which he said underlines the urgent need of a summit between the leaders of the two countries.

Trump emphasized in his on-camera remarks that sanctions and "the maximum pressure campaign will continue" to be applied on North Korea, while expressing hope Pyongyang's leadership would decide to join the community of nations.

May 7: Kim meets Xi again in China and calls for stronger "strategic cooperation" between the traditional allies amid shifts in the region's political environment.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking to a Senate committee on Thursday, would not confirm whether Seoul had been notified. North Korea releases three Americans who had been imprisoned, and they return with Pompeo to the United States. In the first year of Donald Trump's presidency, Pyongyang made this reality abundantly clear by carrying out its sixth (and most powerful) nuclear test and a number of ballistic-missile launches.

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The next morning, Mr Trump reveals the date and location of his "highly-anticipated meeting" with Kim, vowing to "make it a very special moment for World Peace!"

Although he attributed his decision to the "tremendous anger and open hostility" in North Korean official statements, the more likely explanation for the about-face was that it had become increasingly apparent that the summit would fail, given that North Korea would not agree to completely dismantle its nuclear arsenal and capabilities. -South Korean military exercises. The North says it won't be unilaterally pressured into abandoning its nukes.

Over the Easter weekend, Mr Trump's Central Intelligence Agency chief and nominee for secretary of state Mike Pompeo travels secretly to Pyongyang where he meets Kim and begins to lay the groundwork for the landmark summit.

"Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the establishment of permanent peace are historic tasks that can neither be abandoned nor delayed", Yonhap quotes Moon as saying.

"We would like to do it", Trump said of the summit, and "they very much would like to do it".

The statement from Pyongyang appeared created to get the summit back on track after Trump canceled their planned Singapore meeting, citing "tremendous anger and open hostility" in recent statements from North Korea.

Lu said China hoped the US and North Korea would cherish the progress made, "stay patient, express goodwill, meet each other halfway and stay committed to addressing each other's concerns". Focus will now swing back to how Trump will respond to the North's seemingly conciliatory gesture.