Kim's motivation remains unclear but analysts say the shake-up allows him and the ruling party to tighten control over the Korean People's Army (KPA) at a critical time of global engagement and domestic development.
Let's begin with the latest on North Korea.
It would be the first time North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has hosted a head of state since assuming power in 2011.
Pyongyang and Damascus have maintained warm ties for decades and reportedly shared a military relationship for some years, including during the ongoing Syrian civil war. Given this situation, the US government needs to work on the human rights issues in order to conclude treaties requiring congressional approval and promote other matters.
North Korean delegates to the preparatory talks for a summit with the USA leave the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore on Sunday.
"One thing that keeps coming up is about our troop strength on the Peninsula".
"They are shaping these guys up because there is going to be a lot of foreign interaction", Madden said.More news: Trump asserts 'absolute right' to pardon himself
US Defense Secretary Jim Matttis. Having done that, Kim has spoken in recent months of shifting focus to developing his country's economy. U.S. officials are also allegedly unsure whether Pyongyang might view the USA paying for the North Korean delegation's hotel stay as "insulting".
Should the US bring its almost 30,000 troops home from the Korean Peninsula in return for North Korean nuclear disarmament? "[South Korean] joint military exercises normally in line with annual plans", ministry spokesman Lee Jin-woo told the press. However, the possibility of North Korea holding such a trilateral or bilateral summit is being kept open. Senate must save itself by confirming Mike Pompeo Poll: Menendez has 17-point lead over GOP challenger MORE (D-N.J.) said that while the weapons program is a priority, an ideal agreement would also cover North Korea's human rights abuses.
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Other security experts such as the Sejong Institute's Cheong expect the U.S. South Korean intelligence has been unable to ascertain the fate of his predecessor, Pak Yong-sik, The Korea Herald reported.
In the "6 Corps Affair" officers of the Sixth Corps in northeastern North Korea are believed to have plotted a coup d'etat, which included aiming their missiles at certain buildings in Pyongyang.
The Trump administration has prioritized preventing North Korea from developing a reliable nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile that could target the USA mainland.
On May 12, North Korea's state-run media reiterated Pyongyang's stance on its past abductions. President Moon has pursued increased cooperation projects like reunions for separated families, and military talks at the inter-Korean summits. Assad, for example, has used chemical weapons and dropped barrel bombs on his own people, while Kim likes to lock up entire families into his own gulags.