North Korea provided written safety assurances for the South's delegation to Seoul via the Asian Football Conferedation late on Wednesday. The passage of the Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act came eight days after the legislation was introduced.
Ties between the two countries have worsened recently as North Korea continues to expand its nuclear weapons and missile programs. Trump said he'll discuss North Korea and the scope for cooperation when he hosts the Chinese leader.
Added to these tensions, April is an important month on the North Korean calendar - the regime celebrates the anniversary of founding president Kim Il Sung's birthday on April 15 - and North Korea has a habit of timing provocative actions with key dates. The primary targets of its terms are Chinese businesses.
China is North Korea's most important source of diplomatic support and economic assistance and it has long urged a resumption of six-nation denuclearization talks that have been on hold since North Korea withdrew from them in 2009. The Modernization of Sanctions Act also requires the executive to decide within 90 days on whether to make the redesignation.
Trump said while he believes in alliances and partnerships, they "have not always worked out very well" for the U.S.
IGP rubbishes report Jong Nam mistaken for S Korean
Malaysian prosecutors have charged an Indonesian and a Vietnamese national, both women, in killing Kim Jong Nam. Pyongyang banned all Malaysians in North Korea from leaving the country until Kim's corpse was repatriated.
"When I asked him if North Korea will send athletes to PyeongChang, he said they will be here", Choi was quoted as saying by Yonhap News Agency.
President Donald Trump says that the United States is prepared to act alone if China does not take a tougher stand against North Korea's nuclear program. "We want to get the Iranian influence out because that is really a problem".
On the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Haley called the Security Council resolution adopted in December condemning Israeli settlements and demanding an end to construction "a kick in the gut" that was "hurtful to the American people".
But Haley emphasized that at the Florida meeting "the most important conversation will be how we're going to be dealing with the nonproliferation of North Korea". The Trump administration has vowed to take a tougher stance against the regime after years of failed attempts to denuclearize North Korea. "This is a war that would have an intensity of violence associated with it that we haven't seen since the last Korean War", he said.
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