On North Korea, Pompeo will tell confirmation hearing "There is no higher diplomatic task for the State Dept team than solving this decades-in-the-making threat to our nation." Will say he's aware of past missteps and is confident Admin "wont repeat the mistakes of the past."
South Korea, U.S. closely coordinating for summits with North Korea
Koreas president Moon says success of upcoming summit with North Korea requires all-out efforts
1 killed, 12 injured in hot air balloon crash on Jeju Island
Koreas prosecutors said they will investigate the head of the country's financial watchdog over allegations that he went on overseas business trips offered by various financial institutions when he was a lawmaker
Koreas prosecutors raid two Samsung offices in anti-labor union probe
KCNA: "The history of human politics does not know such a matchless hero and peerless patriot as Kim Jong Un who has put the dignity and position of a country and a nation on the highest level in such a short period and created the new history of bolstering the socialistpower."
KCNA: "Income from cooperative organizations is to grow to 100.9 percent, the real estate rent to 101.8 percent, the social insurance fee to 101.2 percent, while the revenue from property sales and price differences is to grow to 100.5 percent and other revenue to 100.8 percent."
KCNA: "Deputy Ki Kwang Ho, minister of Finance, made a report on the fulfillment of state budget for Juche 106 (2017)The local budgetary revenue plan was carried out at 100.5 percent. Last year the state budgetary expenditure plan was carried out at 99.8 percent."
KCNA: "Talks were held between DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and his Russian counterpart Sergei LavrovThe Russian side expressed the stand fully supporting the detentecreated recentlythanks to thebold decision by the respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un."
KCNA: "As proven by history and as recognized by the world, Tok Islets are just a part of the inviolable territory of the Korean nation as were in the past. 'Dominium over the Tok Islets' touted by Japan is just nonsense."
KCNA: "If the south Korean authorities truly hope for peacethey should prioritize the interests of the nation and refrain from slanderingtheir dialogue partner. If they adopt double-dealing attitudes as now, it will bring them irrevocable serious consequences."
KCNA: "We would like to make it clear to the south Korean authorities. Their act of getting keen on the sanctions and pressure on the DPRK by currying favor with outsiders will bring them isolation and destruction."
KCNA: "The south Korean authorities continue to slander the DPRK behind the scene despite their call for 'dialogue' and 'improvement of the relations' in front."
A British warship “changed its deployment” and arrived in Japan on Wednesday to join efforts to police U.N. sanctions imposed on North Korea over its nuclear and missile programmes
: Donald J. Trump:So much Fake News about what is going on in the White House. Very calm and calculated with a big focus on open and fair trade with China, the coming North Korea meeting and, of course, the vicious gas attack in Syria. Feels great to have Bolton and Larry K on board. I (we) are
Koreas President Moon urges efforts to improve South Korea-Japan ties
South Korea official says "different interpretation" in government funds leads to the decision to defund USKI, 38North's parent institute
KCNA: "Japan is worrying about the fact that it is being isolated in Northeast Asia by the rapidly changing situation focusing on the DPRKJapan is being more ignored like foam in the kaleidoscopic regional situation."
North Korea parliament convenes today to approve national agenda
On human rights in North Korea, a Blue House spokesman said "It does not mean human rights issues are not important but that the objective of the upcoming summit is addressing the most urgent issue of denuclearisation."
KCNA: "Our army and people have grown into those strong in idea and faith, absolutely trusting and following the Supreme Leader, and built a manifold fortress to protect the Party."
KCNA: "His august name and image as the heaven-sent great man have been kept deeper in the minds of the Korean army and people through the violent storm of history decisive of the destiny of the country, the nation and socialism."
KCNA: "The respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un's assumption of the top posts of the Workers' Party of Korea and the Statemade it possible to glorify the noble revolutionary careers and undying feats of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il forever."
Seoul closely watching North Korea parliament session ahead of summits
South Korean, Japanese FMs voice hope for cooperation on North Korea and other issues
KCNA: "A delegation of the Kimjongilia Association of Mongolia led by Dorjgotov Jargalsaikhan arrived here on Tuesday to take part in the 20th Kimilsungia Festival."
KCNA: "After visiting the Central Botanical Garden, many foreigners are unanimous in saying that the house is a rare plant exhibition in reverence for the great man and an eternal treasure of humankind."
KCNA: "Robert G.Mugabe, former president of the Republic of Zimbabwe, presented plants to Kim Il Sung as gifts whenever an opportunity presented itself. Among them are Kigeliaafricana, Callistemonviminalis, Agonisflexuosa and other ornamental plants."
KCNA: "There is the International Friendship Botanical House at the Central Botanical Garden in Pyongyang, the DPRK."