Kim slams local North Koreans for unfinished power plant

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"Additionally, both sides agreed to re-commence field operations in the DPRK to search for the estimated 5,300 Americans who never returned home", he said, using the initials of North Korea's official name.

North Korea announced Monday that it will grant a general amnesty for prisoners ahead of the country's 70th founding anniversary on September 9, state-run media reported Monday. It said the process would take effect starting August 1.

The amnesty will take effect on August 1, the report said, noting the cabinet and relevant organs will take practical measures to help the released people settle down to a normal working life.

The government of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last granted amnesty in 2015.

North Korea celebrates its founding on September 9.

But this time state media said he was "speechless" a power plant was only 70% complete and "appalled" by hot-spring bathtubs "dirtier than fish tanks".




Duyeon Kim, a visiting senior fellow at the Korean Peninsula Future Forum in Seoul, said that it appeared the North might be working to bolster solidarity, unity and loyalty before the anniversary and "maybe even show (the) world it's improving human rights". But "it remains to be seen if those included will be political prisoners". The multinational but U.S. -led U.N. Command was formed during the Korean War and now helps maintain the armistice on the peninsula.

Professor Yang Moo-jin of the University of North Korean Studies said Kim was sending a domestic and external signal that the North was focusing on the economy after his Singapore summit with President Donald Trump.

Specific details on the result of the meeting are yet to be disclosed.

Quintana had said that not talking about rights would eventually become "a problem in terms of building a sustainable agreement" on denuclearization.

North Korea has agreed to return up to 55 sets of remains believed to be of American soldiers killed during the Korean War, a report said Tuesday. They met to discuss the return of USA service members' remains missing since the Korean War.

The latest talks began at the truce village of Panmunjom on the inter-Korean border, according to the South's Yonhap news agency. But a USA military official familiar with the matter said last month it was not clear what North Korea might hand over. The U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, or DPAA, which oversees the effort, has cautioned that the identification process is complicated and often takes years.

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