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In the run-up to North Korea's first summit with the United States, Pyongyang has replaced its top three defense officials, according to South Korea news agency Yonhap and other media reports.

The political bureau could be in a position to resist policy decisions by the leadership or try to profit from future South Korean economic aid, it said.

China's security is directly related to North Korea's, as the two countries share a border.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says he will visit North Korea at a date and time to be determined to meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, in what is sure to be a historic meeting of two of the world's biggest super-villains.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons has also offered to chip in a share of the million dollars it was awarded for winning the Nobel Peace Prize previous year.

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Should real progress be made, South Korean President Moon Jae-in's plan involves the development of three economic belts that would link his country's industrial heartland with the North and then with China and Russian Federation.

The moves are likely meant to surround Kim with a younger, even more trusted cohort of officials whom he can rely on as he confronts a slew of domestic and worldwide issues, said Michael Madden, a North Korea expert at Johns Hopkins University's 38 North website.

Singapore's Interior Ministry in a statement Sunday said the summit has been designated as a "special event" and the grounds of the luxury hotel are part of the zone from June 10 to 14.

The White House said on Monday its policy of tough sanctions on North Korea has not changed, days after U.S. President Donald Trump said he no longer wanted to use the phrase "maximum pressure" to describe the campaign to press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.

On Friday, Kim Yong-chol, the vice chairman of the North's ruling Workers' Party's Central Committee, held an 80-minute meeting with Trump at the White House and delivered a letter from Kim.

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But he also emphasized the economic aspects of Kim's move.

With just one week to go to the summit, hosted by Singapore, very few details have been publicly confirmed.

The new officers could also provide some insurance against any attempt to seize power while Kim is away at the summit, experts say. "They are loyal to Kim Jong Un and no-one else", said Ken Gause, director of the International Affairs Group at CNA, a non-profit research organisation.

"It's easy to criticize Trump's approach, but it's an undeniable fact that he got North Korea moving to this stage", a diplomatic source based in Washington said Saturday.

Syria and North Korea have been accused of co-operating on chemical weapons, but both deny the accusations.

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This combined file photo shows Sung Kim (L), USA ambassador to the Philippines, and North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui.

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