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Kim Jong Un tests high-tech weapon in message to the US
Seoul (CNN)North Korea has tested a “newly developed ultramodern” weapon in an event supervised by leader Kim Jong Un, state media said Friday, amid faltering nuclear disarmament negotiations with the United States.

next Image 1 of 2North Korean Ri Jong Hyok, center, vice chairman of the Korean Asia-Pacific Peace Committee speaks during the international convention for peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 in Goyang, South Korea. (Chung Sung-Jun/Pool Photo via AP)

“We dont want to repeat the mistakes of prior administrations — frankly both political parties have made over the last several decades — where promises are made, sanctions are lifted and economic support comes and then promises are broken.”

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prev Image 2 of 2North Korean Ri Jong Hyok, center, vice chairman of the Korean Asia-Pacific Peace Committee talks with Lee Jae-myung, left, Gyeonggi province governor during the international convention for peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 in Goyang, South Korea. (Chung Sung-Jun/Pool Photo via AP)

Trump has said he hopes to have a second meeting with Kim early next year, but talks between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a top North Korean official planned for last week, partly to prepare for the meeting, were cancelled.

N.Korea official urges Japan to apologize over forced labor

SEOUL, South Korea – A senior North Korean official on a visit to South Korea called Friday for Japan to apologize for the wartime forced labor of thousands of Koreans.

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Ri Jong Hyok made the comments at a forum in Goyang, north of Seoul, which represented a rare effort by the rival Koreas to discuss Japan's actions before and during World War II. Anti-Japanese sentiment runs deep in both Koreas, which were colonized by Japan for 35 years before their division at the end of the war in 1945.

One key indicator of the seriousness of these changes: speculators are driving up the price of land near the border on the South Korean side. Even in a slow-motion reunification scenario, this farmland will become increasingly valuable. The two Koreas have also revived plans to reunify economically, step by step. At the third inter-Korean summit, the leaders of the two countries agreed to relink, finally, the railroad and the roads, and to restart the shuttered Kaesong industrial complex, which married North Korean labor with South Korean capital and managerial skills. Also on tap is the resumption of tourism projects that have brought large numbers of South Koreans to select locations in the north.

"Japan for the past 70 years has not even acknowledged its variety of war crimes such as forced labor and sexual slavery, let alone apologizing for them or compensating the victims," said Ri, vice chairman of North Korea's Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee.

1 / 5In this undated photo released Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, listens to a military official as he inspects a weapon testing at the Academy of National Defense Science, North Korea. Kim observed the successful test of a "newly developed high-tech tactical" weapon, the nation's state media reported Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, though it didn't describe what sort of weapon it was. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)In this undated photo released Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, listens to a military official as he inspects a weapon testing at the Academy of National Defense Science, North Korea. Kim observed the successful test of a “newly developed high-tech tactical” weapon, the nations state media reported Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, though it didnt describe what sort of weapon it was. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: “KCNA” which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observed the successful test of an unspecified “newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon,” state media reported Friday, in an apparent bid to apply pressure on the United States and South Korea.

"(Japan) has been denying, concealing and downplaying its crimes and has even started praising them, taking steps toward creating a social atmosphere that would favor a reinvasion (of the Korean Peninsula)," he said.

It didnt appear to be a test of a nuclear device or a long-range missile with the potential to target the U.S. A string of such tests last year had many fearing war before the North turned to engagement and diplomacy. Still, any mention of weapons testing could influence the direction of stalled diplomatic efforts spearheaded by Washington and aimed at ridding the North of its nuclear weapons.

The forum, which drew participants from seven other countries beside the Koreas, was focused on discussing Japan's forced mobilization of laborers in the region during World War II and how to boost exchanges now among Asia-Pacific countries. Ex-Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, who has been apologetic about Japan's past wrongdoing, was also invited.

The deals are among a set of steps they have taken since North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reached out to Seoul and Washington early this year with a vague commitment to nuclear disarmament. The fast-improving inter-Korean ties have raised worries among many in South Korea and the United States as global diplomacy on the Norths nuclear weapons program has produced little recent progress.

Officials from South Korea's national government said they have no plans to meet Ri and four other visiting North Korean officials during their stay in the South.

On Thursday, South Koreas military invited a group of journalists to watch the destruction of a guard post with dynamite in the central border area of Cheorwon. The journalists were asked to stay hundreds of meters (yards) away as black smoke enveloped the hilly border area. They later watched soldiers and other workers bulldoze another guard post.

The Koreas have rarely taken joint steps to tackle history and other issues stemming from their colonization because of their decades-long split. But Seoul has been trying to facilitate exchanges with its rival in recent months following the North's shift to diplomacy after a series of nuclear and missile tests.

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The Koreas have been holding various talks amid larger nuclear negotiations between the United States and North Korea. South Korea's Transportation Ministry said North Korea on Friday proposed connecting international air routes along the western and eastern coasts of the peninsula during working-level talks on aviation cooperation.

In 2010, South Korea banned the country's aircraft from using North Korean airspace as it imposed unilateral sanctions on the North following an attack on a South Korean warship that killed 46 sailors.


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