The rival Koreas are discussing the possible relocation of North Korea's long-range artillery systems away from the tense Korean border, the South's prime minister said Monday, as the countries forge ahead with steps to lower tensions and extend a recent detente.
"Every year on this day, our army and people row the boat of memories, full of creed and determination to defend the nation", read a report in the North's state-run Rodong Sinmun.
However, South Korean media criticized the small number of Koreans included.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in this May 9, 2018 photo released on May 10, 2018 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang.
North Korea is believed to have 170-mm self-propelled artillery guns with a range of almost 40 miles and 240-mm multiple rocket launchers.
Linking up the two systems - and modernising the North's ageing rail infrastructure- would give trade-dependent South Korea a land route to the markets of China, Russia and on to Europe.
The reported move in the latest sign of increasingly toned down rhetoric from Pyongyang, as USA and North Korean officials work to hammer out the details in an agreement signed earlier this month by President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Fallon responds to Trump: I'll donate to pro-immigrant nonprofit in his name South Carolina GOP candidate expected to make full recovery after auto accident Official: US to present North Korea with timeline, "specific asks" MORE and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
"In North Korea, the separated families are the ones who are politically labeled as the family member of the ones who escaped to the South", said Ahn Chan-il.
He also reaffirmed his pledge to give up nuclear arms, and the U.S. on Friday said it would halt some joint military drills on the peninsula over the next three months in support of diplomacy. North Korea has already returned the remains of over 200 US soldiers. He will then travel to South Korea and end his trip with talks in Japan on June 29.
State media referred to Trump quite deferentially in their reports of the summit, calling him by his full name and adding the title of president of the United States of America - itself a somewhat jarring contrast to the way it normally spits out merely the surname of U.S. officials, with no titles.
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