Donald Trump caught out bizarrely over Kim Jong Un letter

From left South Korea's National Defense Minister Song Young-moo U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera join hands before their trilateral meeting at the 17th International Institute for Strategic Studi

In preparation for the Singapore summit, Kim Jong Un has reportedly shaken up North Korea's military leadership-though it's not clear whether it's the kind of reshuffle that involves executions or mere demotions.

The latest question facing US officials: Who will pay for Kim's hotel room?

According to South Korea's foreign ministry, North Korea established diplomatic relations with Syria in 1966, opening its embassy in Damascus.

Assad reportedly made the remarks as he received the credentials of North Korean Ambassador Mun Jong Nam.

"Kim Jong-un has chosen a new leadership who reflects his new approach and can more naturally propagate his new policies to bring stability within the military", said Kim Yong-hyun, who seemed optimistic that these are more than merely symbolic or deceptive changes.

Easing sanctions under a deal would likely need approval from Congress which has passed sanctions on North Korea.

Though Trump initially suggested that the goal of the June 12 talks was denuclearization, he has since scaled back the scope of his goals, describing the upcoming meeting as more of a "get-to-know-you situation" and the start of "a process".

"We are not paying for the DPRK (North Korea) delegation and we are not asking others to do so", Heather Nauert, the department's acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs, said in a statement.

All of the newly promoted officials are younger than their predecessors, including 63-year-old Ri Yong Gil, who is 21 years younger than Ri Myong Su.

The U.S. and North Korea "are believed to have settled on the Capella Hotel" on the resort island of Sentosa for their meetings, the Washington Post said on Sunday quoting sources.

"They're all young but capable people", Yang said.

In a remarkable shift in tone eight days after cancelling the summit, citing Pyongyang's "open hostility", Trump welcomed North Korea's former intelligence chief, Kim Yong Chol, to the White House on Friday, afterward exchanging smiles and handshakes.

They also insist in the letter that North Korea commit to "robust compliance inspections" that "including "anywhere, anytime" inspections" of both declared and non-declared "suspicious sites".

"(Kim) is not going to want these military commissars helping themselves to any of this assistance coming to the North", Madden said.

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